"Black loggers" in the Khabarovsk region in 2010 caused damage to the state for more than half a billion rubles, their illegal activities will be stopped joint raid rangers, police and environmentalists, said the Amur branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia.
"Together with WWF preventive operations" Forest "in Khabarovsk held 2-3 times a year. According to the regional forest management and the Interior Ministry in the Khabarovsk region, in 2010 there were more than 600 raids, found more than 240 illegal logging of more than 12,000 cubic meters, a total damage of over 500 million rubles, "- said in a statement.
Experts Amur branch of WWF Russia, along with officers of the state control of forest management Khabarovsk Territory and the Interior Ministry of Russia's Khabarovsk region are paying particular attention to the Amur tiger habitat — Khor forestry, where a reserve called "Mataysky" Avan and adjacent forest areas.
"Under these cuttings suffer Amur tiger habitat, cedar-broadleaf forests, depleted species composition, as clearly the best trees are selected, including, as we have seen in the south of the Khabarovsk Territory — even forbidden to the workpiece Korean pine. This is a wake-up call" — says project coordinator of the Amur branch of WWF Russia Anatoly Kabanets.
As confirmed operatively-preventive visits in January 2013, the operation of "The Forest", which was held in Khabarovsk in November and December, has had a positive effect: at least at the beginning of the new year the activities of illegal loggers was found.