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Премия рунета 2017


04 august 2020
In the framework of the "People for Nature" Project, WWF-Russia volunteers continue identifying violations of forest legislation in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic. Monitoring inspections took place at logging areas where non-merchantable wood must be logged according to the documents. They were shown the markings (special symbols on trees indicating them to be cut down) and the healthy trees felling assignment.

This time, the volunteers verified two sites of the Cardonikskiy Forestry after studying the documents published in the open access on the website of the Forest Administration of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, giving legal grounds for the logging (acts of forest pathology research). According to the papers, non-merchantable wood (viz. dead wood and wind-thrown trees) logging should have been performed on the spots. Such cases are already becoming common in the Republic.

Screenshots 1 and 2 of the acts of forest pathology research show which trees are damaged and should be logged
(с) WWF-Russia

However, in fact, healthy European Aspen, Alder and Hornbeam trees have been marked on both spots (with an area of 10 ha and 17.1 ha) and were assigned for logging.

The cutting has not been carried out yet, probably due to the fact it is an outlying area without access for machinery, but the long-term plans of the loggers are quite clear. "The WWF has appealed to the Department of Forestry in the Southern Federal District about the violations. We hope that the authorities will take urgent measures to prevent illegal logging in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic" - says Elena Cherkasova, Forest Officer of Russian Caucasus Ecoregional Office WWF-Russia.

Healthy trees assigned for the cutting
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In addition to these violations, 17 unmarked Oak trees were found cut near one of the sites, which also was reported to the Department.

Logged Oak trees
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