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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 dramatic view of the sky and Lake Murray

Image | May 19, 2006 at 9:24

A dramatic view of the sky and Lake Murray.

Collecting wood to build a house in Kubut

Image | May 19, 2006 at 9:22

Collecting wood to build a house in Kubut Village.

Men from the Catfish Clan navagate through

Image | May 19, 2006 at 9:19

Men from the Catfish Clan navagate through reeds as they depart for a hunting camp on the banks of Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea.

A boy from the Catfish clan with a praying

Image | May 19, 2006 at 9:17

A boy from the Catfish clan with a praying mantis on his head in Kubut Village, Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea.

A baby sits on his mother's lap while she

Image | May 19, 2006 at 9:14

A baby sits on his mother's lap while she weaves a traditional basket. Kubut Village, Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea -

Villagers await the arrival of a small plane

Image | May 19, 2006 at 9:11

Villagers await the arrival of a small plane at Lake Murray's airstrip.

A flower in Kubut Village

Image | May 19, 2006 at 9:09

A flower in Kubut Village, Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea

Men chop down a tree chosen as suitable for

Image | May 19, 2006 at 8:42

Men chop down a tree chosen as suitable for canoe making. Boats are the main form of transport in the Lake Murray region.

GFRS volunteer Anne Klaasen

Image | May 19, 2006 at 8:30

GFRS volunteer Anne Klaasen, from The Netherlands, poses in a canoe on Lake Murray. The pictured was published used in a photo spread in a Dutch magazine.

Activists unfurl a banner in the Amazon protesting

Image | May 18, 2006 at 17:39

Activists unfurl a banner in the Amazon protesting KFC's involvement in Amazon destruction.

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