Wednesday, January 31, 2007

[Corvus] Fw: [LV] Fw: [EBN] The Finnish government is destroying the largestunprotectedancient forests in Finland

Hallo all,
Please help save the Taiga forests in Finland.

All the best,
Eddie Chapman, Voss, Norway.
Birding Scandinavia
Today's Photo: Great Northern Diver
http://www.birdwatchnorway.com/index-filer/Page403.htm

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Dear recipient,

Ancient wilderness forests are being destroyed in Finland -please help us to
save these treasures of Northern Taiga!

The Finnish government is destroying the largest unprotected ancient forests
in Finland. In Finnish Lapland the state owned logging company Metsähallitus
started huge loggings in old-growth forests in November despite the strong
national support for protection and several international biodiversity
declarations Finland has signed. These unique ancient forests with up to 500
year old pine trees are being logged mainly for pulp and paper. The mills
that use the ancient forests are Stora Enso pulp mill in Kemijärvi, Stora
Enso paper mill in Veitsiluoto and Botnia pulp mill in Kemi.

Logging and road construction has already started or is being planned in at
least six areas.

These loggings would permanently destroy unique natural values. Also the
possibilities for reindeer herding and nature tourism on these areas would
be severely attacked. As the forests are situated in relatively high
altitude in northern taiga the regeneration of the forests is also in doubt.
All of these loggings are not even economically sustainable.

Only 4,4 percent of finnish forests are classified old-growth forests. Only
about half of them are protected.

PLEASE TELL YOUR OPINION and ask for immediate stop of these outrageous
loggings. Contact adresses and hints below.

More information about these forests and loggings with photo galleries at:
http://www.forestinfo.fi/forestlapland

Photos and info on Finnish forests are also at http://www.clearcut.fi
http://www.pefcwatch.org

CONTACT:

THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY:

-Feedback page in the net:
http://www.mmm.fi/en/index/frontpage/feedback.html.stx

-Juha Korkeaoja, Minister: office +358 9-160 53300, juha.korkeaoja@mmm.fi
-Aarne Reunala, Chief of forestry: mobile +358 40 043 7222, office +358 9
160 53350, aarne.reunala@mmm.fi

-Mikko Peltonen, Forest department: office +358 9 160 52410,
mikko.peltonen@mmm.fi

STORA ENSO OYJ:

-Feedback page in the net:
http://www.storaenso.com/CDAvgn/main/0,,1_EN-1002-3142-7591_15804,00.html

-Matti Karjula, Forest chief: mobile +358 2046 23009,
matti.karjula@storaenso.com

-Pekka Kallio-Mannila, Environmental chief: mobile +358 2046 24967,
pekka.kallio-mannila@storaenso.com

GOVERNMENT:

-Prime minister Matti Vanhanen: +358 9 1602 2001 (office),
matti.vanhanen@vnk.fi

-Minister of the Environment Stefan Wallin +358 9 1603 9301 (office),
stefan.wallin@vnk.fi

GOVERNMENTAL FOREST SERVICE METSÄHALLITUS:

-Feedback page in the net: http://www.metsa.fi/page.asp?Section=1287

-Hannu Jokinen, Director of forestry: mobile +358 400 290 491, office +358
205 64 4425, hannu.jokinen@metsa.fi

-Jyrki Kangas, Director general mobile +358 40 8430420,
jyrki.kangas@metsa.fi

You can also contact the Finnish embassies in your countries.

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EXAMPLE FOR FEEDBACK:

Dear _____ _______,

Finnish state and the State-owned logging company Metsähallitus are
destroying the largest unprotected virgin forest areas in Finland. In
Savukoski and Kittilä six large wilderness forest areas are being logged or
planned to be logged. Areas include Painopää, Jooseppitunturi, Isoselkä and
Turjalaiset-Ahmatunturi in Savukoski and Raakevuoma and Pokka-Pulju in
Kittilä.

These forest areas are absurdly dropped out of all protection programs
despite of their unquestionable natural values.

I demand that the loggings in these areas are stopped immediately and proper
protection planning process will be started.

These loggings violate heavily the international commitments Finland has
made: Countdown 2010- initiative of the EU and Convention of Biological
Diversity CBD. Undersigning these agreements Finland is committed to halt
the loss of biodiversity by the year 2010 and to protect all the large
intact natural areas. Logging is also destroying important local livelihoods
including reindeer herding and nature tourism.

1. Do you think it is right to destroy the large intact forest areas of
Savukoski and Kittilä? Do you think that Metsähallitus and Finland are
following their international and national commitments for nature and
biodiversity protection?
2. What are you going to do to stop these outrageous loggings and make sure
that a proper protection process is started?

Yours,

YOUR NAME

http://www.forestinfo.fi/forestlapland
http://www.forestinfo.fi/metsalappi

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SMS EXAMPLE:

Please stop the ancient forest destruction by Metsähallitus in Savukoski and
Kittilä. It is a National disgrace! :YOUR NAME

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Thank you.

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