Jonathan Dimbleby’s BBC ‘Russia’ programme, recording his travels through the vast country of Russia is fascinating. Last night he headed east into Siberia.
Part of this trip showed loggers at work in the huge forests, using their machines to fell the trees. In 2007 ‘Boreal Boris’ and his team felled 750,000 trees from this part of the Tomsk forest. ‘A ferocious destruction,’ according to Professor Kirpotkin.
At a logging camp outside Tomsk ‘Boreal Boris’ explains, ‘I love the forest … but the forest has to be cut.’ But professor of biology Sergey Kirpotkin (beside him) says, ‘We are facing an ecological disaster’.
Siberia constitutes about 20% of the total world forested area and nearly 50% of the total world coniferous-forested areas. The coniferous species are the dominant species throughout Siberia. Pine is the main species in west Siberia and in other regions larch dominates, being the most common tree.
The machines above take just seconds to take out a tree. The men work continuously. Learn more about Russian deforestation.