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Citizen Scientists Step in to Keep the Plight of Sweden’s Forests in the Public Eye – March 18, 2013

Field guide-toting activists fight logging plans by identifying rare critters in threatened forests

Sweden is usually at the top of the list of the world’s most sustainable countries, which is why I traveled there in late 2011 to investigate claims to the contrary leveled by activists at the country's forestry sector. Home to the biggest forests in Europe, I found that trees are indeed falling at a remarkable rate in Sweden, so the fact that its forestry industry also claims to be a model of sustainable logging operations further fueled my interest. The resulting investigative report found that the Swedish forestry model, a self-policed regime that aims to balance cutting and conservation, doesn’t work.


by: Erik Hoffner

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Sweden’s Forestry Industry Not So Green After All – December 21, 2011

Logging Companies Routinely Abuse Country’s “Freedom with Responsibility” Forestry Framework

A recent assignment for Yale Environment 360 reporting on Sweden’s forestry industry made it clear to me that the country’s forestry model, which it likes to say is the most sustainable forestry system in the world, does not work. Restrictive federal regulations were replaced in 1993 by an act requiring that every logging operation balance production with conservation, allowing companies to be their own bosses and operate under a “freedom with responsibility” framework.

Photo by Erik HoffnerTrees are Sweden’s most valuable natural resource beside iron ore, but widespread
clearcuts like this are fast degrading the value of the country’s forests and the richness
of their biodiversity.

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