28 forest areas, protected

forestForest.Photo: Norway Today Media
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A further 28 important forest areas become nature reserves following a decision by the Cabinet on Friday.

Many endangered species live in these forested areas. With Friday’s decision, the government is almost halfway to the goal of protecting 10 percent of the forest area in Norway, according to a press release from the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

– “Forest protection is a very important measure to preserve Norwegian natural diversity. There are nine endangered habitats and more than 1100 endangered species in these forests in Norway. Hundreds of insect species, fungi and some birds rely on dead wood and ancient forests. It is therefore important that we protect the most important forest areas,” says Minister Ola Elvestuen (V).

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