The Gariwang was considered a royal, forbidden mountain and has been under state protection for centuries. Now its ancient forest is being bulldozed to make room for a ski slope. PETER FROST is not alone in holding this to be an environmental crime
As you are reading this South Korea Olympic organisers and their bulldozers are tearing down a 500-year-old forest to make room for new ski facilities.
Trees, some centuries old, are being ripped from the ground and four dangerously threatened animal species that make their home here are being persecuted into extinction.
The four animals under serious threat are the eurasian otter, the leopard cat, the marten (below) and the flying squirrel. All four along with rare and threatened insects and plants are at severe risk from the policy decision that will see the forest cut down entirely.
Across the mountainside a huge bare-earth scar has appeared where…
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