Ancient Swedish forests cut down at fast pace

Ancient woodlands along Swedish mountains. (Alexander Gagliano/Sveriges Radio)
  • Unprotected ancient woodlands along the Swedish mountains are being deforested at a fast pace, Swedish Radio News reports.
  • In just four years, over 6000 hectares of the woodland area that a recent state-ordered forest investigation wanted to protect, has been cut down.
  • ”It’s horribly short-sighted”, says Ulf Von Sydow, president of The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation in Jämtland-Härjedalen.
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For more on forestry in Sweden’s ancient woodlands, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.
Radio Sweden Correction
In an earlier version of this story, Radio Sweden had translated that the proposal was that 500 000 acres should be protected and that 6300 acres had been felled, but it was actually 500 000 hectares and 6300 hectares. The correction was made on 21st May.

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