Friday, 30 December 2011

Ethnos.gr article on logging at Mandraki ...

Ravage WOODS NEAR TO KOUKOUNARIES

Google Translation ...

They made the pine wood of Skiathos

Cleared Skiathos, cutting trees in a rare beauty in the woods south of the island in order to use as firewood in fireplaces and woodstoves.

It is estimated that 1 / 5 of the forest has been destroyed in accordance with the special needs many years to restore the previous state

It is estimated 1/5 of the foresthas been destroyed by special needs, and will take many years to recuperate.
Cleared Skiathos, cutting trees in a rare beauty in the woods south of the island in order to use as firewood in fireplaces and woodstoves. To make matters worse, cunning reached the point of cutting olives from groves fenced areas on the north side, and oaks from inaccessible places.
"It's terrible what happens. The forest Mandraki, which is a continuation of Koukounaries, cleared every day and now the situation has come to a head.We decided to set up teams of volunteers to guard the forests and will ask the municipality controlled crossing in the woods, the winter months, "said the" nation ", the chairman of the cultural association" Skiathos "Theodore Tzoumas.
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Illegal logging has destroyed a large part in Mandraki. It is estimated that 1 / 5 of the forest has been destroyed in accordance with the special needs many years to restore the previous state.
Mantraki has characterized the woods, like many other Skiathos-A Presidential Decree of 1977 (GG 248 DI77, 13/06/1977) and is necessary to protect the flora, fauna and outstanding natural beauty of .
"In Skiathos of 48,000 acres, the 30,000 acres are forests and all forests are classified as aesthetically. We understand that there is an economic problem and tightness in the household, but the solution is not to be felled forests, "he said Tzoumas.
Information indicates that the island is not logger in previous years, the inhabitants procure wood from Volos. This year, however, is much less timber arrived, but the backyards of many homes and warehouses are filled with wood.

2 comments:

  1. Easy for me sitting here in a warm house fired by natural gas I can afford (just) to condemn the destruction of the forest around Mandraki by those in a different situation.
    We have been visiting Skiathos for about twenty odd years, up to four times yearly and always staying in the Koukounaries region so as to enjoy the walk to, and quietness of Mandrakia and Elias.
    It would be a great pity to see the nature of the area destroyed but who am I to condemn.
    I said, tongue in cheek, many years ago that I would keep visiting Skiathos until the day came when a tarmac road was built through the forest down to Mandraki thereby ruining a nice quiet part of the island.
    Maybe the forest destruction will be the cause of my defection.

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  2. My view is that Teo who is a great environmentalist, must be fully aware of the issues on the island. He knows many people have re-opened fireplaces, and returned to burning wood to keep warm. Electricity is expected to rise in price 9% on Jan 1st. Heating Oil also has risen considerably in price.
    To be honest I have never seen any wood offloaded from Volos as logs, like elsewhere in Greece where there are huge stockpiles. I have no doubt trees are being felled on the island. Friends have posted pictures of Olive trees that have gone missing. However a few years ago, a large part of the pine forest at AP burned down, Not one tree appears to have been replaced. Elsewhere evidence of previous forest fires is just Gorse scrub. Huge areas of the north were being cleared and burned in the spring - wood that was wasted. Perhaps we need to look at the bigger picture and manage the island resources in a better manner for all ...

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