WWF-Russia presents a film-expedition through the intact forests of Arkhangelsk Region
Scientists are exploring unique sites to protect them from possible logging. In case of failure, the documentary footage could be all to be left from intact forest Leshukonye after a couple of decades.
From the first frames of the film, the viewer can see magnificent views of the taiga forests that have never been developed on an industrial scale. With a bird's eye Leshukonye seems uninhabited. We see here the forest as it was conceived by nature itself thousands of years ago. Local people say the name of this place comes from the word "forest spirit", which is popularly considered the host of the taiga.
To conserve the places and assign them a protected status, WWF-Russia’s team, which includes botanists, zoologists, ornithologists, landscape and soil scientists from several regions of the North-Western Russia, goes on a long and complex expedition.
Together with the experts, the audience will go along the Chetlas River on flatboats, walk along forest trails, see plants preserved from the Ice Age, observe endangered animals and birds, learn how scientists work, and hear many interesting facts about the amazing world of the northern taiga.
The voice-over text for the film was voiced by Konstantin Byshevoy, director, producer, host of the TV channels "My Planet" and "Living Planet" and a great friend of WWF-Russia.
The funds for the field study, conservation of the intact forests of Leshukonye and for the film production were collected during campaign held of the Karusel retail chain (X5 Retail Group) and WWF-Russia in Karusel hypermarkets.
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What are intact forests?
Intact forests are the last corners of the wild nature, where natural processes are not disturbed, and rare species of plants and animals are not threatened yet. They help regulate the planet's climate and water regimes, keep rivers flowing, and protect the soil from degradation. Only 1/5 of all forests in Russia (247 million hectares) are preserved in their original form. Russia is among the top three in terms of the volume and speed of their loss: due to fires, logging and infrastructure construction. According to WWF-Russia’s research, every year Russia loses more than 1.6 million hectares of intact forests and the rate is growing rapidly. According to WWF estimates, in 80 years we may lose them all in Russia. Unique ecosystems of ancient forests have been formed for centuries, but this fragile balance can be destroyed very quickly. The loss of ecosystems of intact forests cannot be compensated for by planting young trees. Therefore, it's so important to keep what we have left! Learn more and stand guard over the intact forests of Russia: https://forest.wwf.ru/