FOREST LAW STILL BYPASS IN THE KARACHAY-CHERKESS REPUBLIC
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.
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.
In addition to these violations, 17 unmarked Oak trees were found cut near one of the sites, which also was reported to the Department.