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Estonia’s ‘holy forests’ threatened by demand for biofuels
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8/31/2020 at 3:01:31 PM GMT
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Estonia’s ‘holy forests’ threatened by demand for biofuels

By Saul Elbein--

"In the decades after independence [from Soviet forces], Scandinavian investment and logistical support poured in, and Estonians driving the country’s highways began to see harvester machines on the edge of the forests, plucking trees like daisies. In their place have come evenly spaced rows of fir and spruce planted for the global market, a replacement of the forest with something far simpler and more profitable, as Estonian ecologist Asko Lõhmus has said.

'You can plant trees,' Lõhmus says, 'but you can’t plant a forest.;

In that distinction lurks a world of debate over the global future of forestry: will natural forests be allowed to follow their own destiny—as in the traditional Estonian model—or will landscapes be bent to the will of the commodities market. So far, it’s been the second.


To continue reading, see:

Saul Elbein, "Estonia's 'holy forests' threatened by demand for biofuels," National Geographic (August 24, 2020):

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