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Elements, Humans Put Eastern European Forests Under Stress

Climate change, acid rain, excessive logging and pest infestation threaten forests in many parts of the world, including Eastern Europe. Local authorities are fighting back, and some of them are even seeking help from international environmental organizations. In order to curb soil erosion after heavy logging in the 1950s, Bulgaria's communist government replanted almost 700,000 hectares. Most of the new trees were pines, and in many places they were placed at lower altitudes than...

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