17 Jun '11, 4am

ACT! Protect Moscow’s Khimki Forest & Russia's Old Forest Remnants from Roads - protestor lives on line for old forests

Moscow, Russia’s Khimki forest is an important 2,600 acre old growth forest ecosystem remnant that has been a legally protected national treasure. But Russian government officials are pushing a highway that will slice through it to save off a bit of time in travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg. In 2009 Russian Prime Minister Putin transferred Moscow's Khimki forest from protected land status to lands zoned “for transport and infrastructure”. He did this despite the fact that Article 11 of Federal Law 172-FZ forbids the destruction and development of public forests for road building when alternative routes exist. Since then a vibrant and assertive local movement willing to put their bodies on the lines for old forests, with EI and other international affinity networks playing a bit part, convinced President Medvedev to halt construction and consider an alternate route...

Full article: http://forests.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=moscow_fo...

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