They’ve got documents on their side but not the law: ratio of legal and illegal felling in Primorsky kray is 50/50
Environmentalists compared the customs statistics on the export of timber with the forest management agencies reports, and found out that two-thirds of the total volume of valuable wood species in the Russian Far East is harvested illegally.
«The scale of illegal felling, especially for valuable species such as oak and ash, is so great that in many cases can be compared with the volumes of legal logging»,
— said Yury Darman, director of WWF Russia Amur branch.
At the same time, according to the environmentalists, the poachers who were active in the region 10-15 years ago have nothing to do with the situation.
«The problem has not disappeared, but evolved: nowadays it is about committing illegal logging under the guise of legal permits. Often illegal logging is conducted under the pretext of sanitation cutting»,
— said Darman.
Industrial-scale volumes of oak and ash remain only in protected areas and designated forests. If illegal felling continues, the resource base of the Far Eastern forest species will be depleted.
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