16 Apr '12, 5pm

Dot Earth Blog: Can Roads and Russian Forests Coexist?

In 2009, in checking back on development patterns in the Amazon River basin, I examined this question: “Can Roads and Rain Forests Co-Exist?” Here’s a Dot Earth Postcard from Erik Hoffner, a writer and photographer associated with Orion Magazine , examining the same question in the context of Russia’s old forests and new highway plans. His missive is sent from northern California, not Russia, because he’s there to help honor Evgenia Chirikova, a Russian forest campaigner who’s the European honoree in this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize awards. Hoffner, blogging for Grist in 2010, covered Chirikova’s work challenging government plans to route a highway from Moscow to Saint Petersburg through the Khimki Forest. There’s much more on the Save Khimski Forest Web site and you can learn more about Chirikova’s accomplishments and continuing challenges in this video produced by...

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