"Forest Needs to be Saved"
Researchers from throughout Sweden have banded together to demand that the government protect the country’s old-growth forests.
The manifest, which was organized by the Protect the Forest organization, has been signed by 170 researchers and thousands of private citizens, including parliamentary ministers.
According to the document, the government is still far away from reaching its goal that all native plants and animals exist in robust quantities.
“Despite that we have had twenty years of forestry policies in which the environment and production should be weighed equally, forests with high natural value are still being cut down, forests that are needed to achieve environmental goals,” Bengt Gunnar Jonsson, professor of plant ecology at Mid Sweden University, wrote in a press release.
He added that it’s impossible to reach those goals when just a few percent of Sweden’s natural forests stand untouched.