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Sweden: Tree clearance halted in Ojnare forest

Source:  Copyright 2012, Radio Sweden
Date:  September 3, 2012
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Environmental activists have been celebrating a victory on Gotland island as tree felling machinery remained idle on Saturday evening.

"It was a smart and brave decision,' field biologist Alva Snis Sigtryggsson told news agency TT. "It feels like a partial victory.'

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Earlier in the day police had to use cutting equipment to remove Greenpeace protestors who had chained themselves to the machinery. The tree clearance was planned to make way for a controversial limestone quarry in Ojnare forest adjacent to an EU designated Natura 2000 protected area.

The forestry owners' association, Mellanskog, issued a statement indicating that the forest clearance will be stopped until after a High Court Ruling on the issue.

"We are well aware that Nordkalk has a legal right to start work here but we want to avoid long term splits and bitterness in this community where we have many members,' the ...

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