HELSINKI (AFP) — Environmental groups on Thursday blasted Finnish paper maker Stora Enso for logging old growth forests in northern Finland, insisting the unique trees should be protected.
Environmental groups Greenpeace, Suomen Luonnonsuojeluliitto and Luonto-Liitto said they had found that some trees more than 300 years old had been logged in Finnish Lapland in the north of the country and shipped to Stora Enso's pulp mill in Oulu.
The logged forests, also known as old growth forests or ancient woodlands, are owned by the Finnish state.
"It is unbelievable that at a time when forestry companies have slashed their production sharply, untouchable forests are logged," Risto Mustonen from Luonto-Liitto said in a statement.
Old growth forests are often home to rare, threatened and endangered species of plants and animals, making them ecologically significant.
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