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Latvian forests facing cutting restrictions

31.01.2007

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The resurgence of a potentially devastating bark beetle may mean that cutting restrictions will have to be placed on Latvian forests.

Bark beetles generally live in dead or dying trees, boring into the bark to lay their eggs and reproduce, and can help to renew forests by killing weakened trees.

However, during an outbreak healthy trees can be affected too, due to the sheer numbers of beetles involved.

The State Forest Service's Aiva Jansone said that the population of the bark beetle had "dramatically grown" recently, Db Online reports.

In order to protect spruce trees, cutting work would be restricted in forests that are more than 50 years old from April 1st, she stated.

It is expected that the cutting restrictions could create some problems for the country's timber industry.


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