Protecting Old-Growth Forests, Sweden

Old-Growth Forests have been severely decreasing in the world, particularly in Europe. In Sweden, half of all threatened species are dependent on old growth forest but only 3.8% of forest is currently protected. Naturarvet purchases forests which then may never be sold or logged. It is currently looking to purchase and protect 70 hectares of ecologically valuable old growth forest at Iglekärr, the Gate to Risveden, just north of Gothenburg.
 
Fun in the forest!
Fun in the forest!

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Funds from EOCA would enable purchase of 3 more hectares, meaning that 35 hectares would have been saved so far. With half the forest funded, the outlook for receiving a grant from the county council to buy the rest of the forest is good. The website is translated into German and English to let international visitors learn more about Iglekärr and other Naturarvet forests and to contribute to the preservation of old-growth forest in Sweden. A small trail will be developed from the nearest highway through the forest to an 80 hectare nature reserve bordering Iglekärr on the other side.
 
Iglekärr Moss Slope
Iglekärr Moss Slope
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