Are forests in Estonia disappearing?

Although, over the past couple of years, more and more of Estonia's land has been deforested, officials don't acknowledge the problem. On paper, everything looks fine.

Marian Männi
Marian Männi Eesti Ekspress, Estonia
Source: Eesti Ekspress
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Why this story matters:

Recently, many news stories and reports have covered the problem of disappearing forests. Estonia is starting to look like a chess board with patches of empty land between patches of forest.

And as the prices of wood increase, so do the number of saws in our forests.

The problem is that forests are often cut when the trees are too young and hence incapable of growing back. Sadly, people are becoming more and more creative in bypassing laws that prohibit this.

While activists, citizens and even private forest owners all express their concern, according to officials, everything is under control. The article recommended below discusses the official perspective of the RMK (State Forest Management Center), which owns state forests. They maintain that Estonia's forest are cut responsibly.

"Half of Estonia is covered with forest!" I used to say with pride. I don't know for how much longer this will be true if deforestation policies do not become more sustainable.

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Details from the story:

  • Never before have Estonia's forests been cut at the current rate.
  • One of the reasons is the sudden rise in prices of wood. One tree now costs up to 100 euros. It used to be around 20 to 30 euros.
  • The Ministry of Environment has been silent on the issue.
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