03 Sep '12, 3am

NEW FOREST ALERT!Support Swedish Forest Blockade Targeting Limestone Mine in Important Old-Growth, Water-Rich Ecosystem

The Swedish Ojnare Forest has been described as unlike any other on the planet – with unique ancient pine forests, short in stature due to the cold climate, yet with individual trees up to 1000 years old, in ecosystems containing 265 endangered species. These old forests shroud the island's unique and complex groundwater system, and their destruction will place the island's biggest freshwater source at risk. The area's unique natural ecosystem habitats are of high national interest for nature conservation, as the Ojnare Forest is located between and adjacent to two European Natura 2000 conservation areas, and is proposed to become a National Park. The Ojnare Forest and its natural ecosystems are under attack by a large open pit limestone mine that would cover 420 acres with a 26 meter deep toxic hole. Over the objections of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, an...

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

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