|..and so it begins: logging and road construction in Intact Forest Landscape of Pokka-Pulju in Kittilä, Finnish Lapland, February 2007|
governmental forestry enterprise Metsähallitus started construction
of roadlines leading into the planned logging sites in the Intact Forest
Landscape of Pokka-Pulju in Finnish Lapland on January 2007. Logging
in the area started in February.
Lemmenjoki National Park, Pulju wilderness protection area and unprotected forests of Pokka-Pulju together form a roadless area of over 3294 km2. The threatened part of the area, Pokka-Pulju is 130 km2 of old-growth forests, mires and treeless hills.
The wood from Pokka-Pulju is being transported to Botnia mills in Kemi. According to Botnia: "we manufacture ecologically and ethically sustainable pulp from certified Finnish timber. Paper manufactured from such pulp has a healthy heart." M-Real Kemiart mill is processing old-growth forest pulp into kraftliner for consumer packaging, for products such as Kemiart Ultra.
(c) Greenpeace Nordic, Finnish Nature League, Finnish Association for Nature Conservation 2006-2007