2012 / 10 / 02

NGO SPOK Asks Public Prosecutor’s Office to Respond to Destruction of Red Book Species and Valuable Forest Ecosystems in Planned Zaonezhsky Nature Park.

The Karelia Regional Nature Conservancy SPOK has requested that Karelia’s Conservation Prosecutor, Aleksei Patarushin, takes prosecutorial action over the destruction of “red book” species and part of their habitat in the planned Zaonezhsky Nature Park during logging in the Velikogubsky Forest District. Violations of conservation law were found by the staff of NGO SPOK in September of this year during a field study of timberlands leased by OOO Medvezhegorsky LPKh, which is part of the Investlesprom timber industry holding company. The ecologists discovered valuable lichens and mosses such as Lobaria pulmonaria and Neckera pennata, both of which are listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation and the Red Book of the Republic of Karelia, at logging sites and in adjacent areas.

As NGO SPOK stated in its appeal to the Public Prosecutor, logging in the planned Zaonezhsky Nature Park is in violation of the Federal Law on Environmental Protection; the Forest Code of the Russian Federation; Regulations on Logging, approved by a Rosleskhoz (Federal Forestry Agency) order of August 1, 2011; Resolution of the Russian Federation on the Red Book of the Russian Federation of February 19, 1996; and Resolution of the Republic of Karelia on the Red Book of the Republic of Karelia of May 19, 1997. The ecologists especially called the prosecutor’s attention to the fact that the timberlands that have been cut down are natural forest ecosystems that have been virtually untouched by human activity. “The priority to preserve natural ecosystems, landscapes, and complexes was established in the Federal Law on Environmental Protection of January 10, 2002. Since this logging has led to the destruction of natural ecosystems and complexes, it is a violation of the law,” NGO SPOK noted.

Moreover, the nature conservationists expressed concern over construction of the roads needed for developing new logging sites in the Velikogubsky Forest District. The ecologists fear that continued logging in the area of the planned Zaonezhsky Nature Park will lead to further destruction of valuable forest ecosystems and habitats for “red book” species that are protected by the government.

Linda Ellegaard Nordström October 17, 2012, 9:29 pm

Dear SPOK,

congratulations to your well thought-out campaign, and good luck with the work on saving this forest!

Best wishes,

Linda Ellegaard Nordström,
From the Organization Protect the Forest, Sweden

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