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Asian Russia

Asian Russia makes up the eastern third of the Russian Federation and covers over 663 million hectares, more than two-thirds the size of the US.

The Snow Forests of Asian Russia comprise areas of intact ancient forest ranging from the arctic zone in northeastern Sakha, to the subtropical region along the Amur and Ussuri river basins to the south.

Forest makes up 45 percent of the territory, and ranges in type from shrublike tundra forest in the north to rich mixed forests in the south.

These diverse forests provide a home to many species of plants and animals, including the highly endangered Siberian (or Amur) tiger, Far Eastern leopard, the Himalayan bear, and the musk deer.

The Amur-Sakhalin region shelters more types of plants and animals than any other temperate forest in the world, with many of these species existing nowhere else.

Like other forests, the Snow Forests of Asian Russia are also home to indigenous peoples including the Nanai of the Khabarovsk region.

"Illegal logging and trade have been identified by international groups, including the World Conservation Union (IUCN), as a primary contributer to deforestation." - Friends of the Earth Japan, 2000.

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A Sunday basketball game in Lake Murray

Image | 28 April, 2006 at 5:30

A Sunday basketball game in Lake Murray

Building a house in Kubut Village out of

Image | 28 April, 2006 at 5:28

Building a house in Kubut Village out of hard wood beams.

Environmentalist and Chairman of Lake Murray

Image | 28 April, 2006 at 5:25

Environmentalist and Chairman of Lake Murray Resource Owners association Sep Galeva (right) looks at a new portable to be used in an eco-forestry projects on Lake Murray.

Men from the village of Aweikaimqassi work

Image | 28 April, 2006 at 5:19

Men from the village of Aweikaimqassi work together to prepare a freshly cut tree for milling on a portable sawmill, as part of a local eco-forestry project.

A Lesser Bird of Paradise on a branch

Image | 28 April, 2006 at 5:09

A Lesser Bird of Paradise on a branch, displaying its yellow and white tail feathers

Sep Galeva

Image | 28 April, 2006 at 4:55

Sep Galeva, head of Lake Murray's Kuni tribe, with two of his children. Sep invited Greenpeace to the area to help tribes mark out their customary land. His message to his people is this: "Let’s stand together and protect our forest for the...

A cassowary visits a Lake Murray village

Image | 28 April, 2006 at 4:42

A cassowary visits a Lake Murray village

a boy from Kubut Village

Image | 28 April, 2006 at 4:39

a boy from Kubut Village, Lake Murray, swimming in the lake.

Village boys watch a demonstration of a mobile

Image | 28 April, 2006 at 4:35

Village boys watch a demonstration of a mobile saw mill. The village received the mill as part of the Global Forest Rescue Station project.

Papuans get a first hand view of the bridge

Image | 28 April, 2006 at 0:00

Papuans get a first hand view of the bridge of Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior, which sailed into the Indonesian province of Papua for the first time on 14 March 2006. The Warrior is on a mission to protect the Paradise Forests, the last...

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