|UNESCO #719 - Pechora-Ilych Nature Reserve, Virgin Komi Forests - RUSSIA|
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Virgin Komi Forests - RUSSIA - UNESCO #719
Another great card from Russia with one more World Heritage Site to my growing collection, this time showing the Virgin Komi Forests in the Northern Ural mountains, a wild sanctuary that is being threatened by illegal logging and gold-mining (I do hope authorities can maintain and protect this place from the unstoppable greed of some human beasts). Thank you very much Masheeke for my 20th Russian UNESCO WHS (5 more and I'll complete the country) that raises my collection to a total of 388 different sites (only 593 to finish) - and thank you for the amazing Europa Stamp that you used. This postcards took 13 days to arrive!
The Virgin Komi Forests cover 3.28 million ha of tundra and mountain tundra in the Urals, as well as one of the most extensive areas of virgin boreal forest remaining in Europe. This vast area of conifers, aspens, birches, peat bogs, rivers and natural lakes has been monitored and studied for over 50 years. It provides valuable evidence of the natural processes affecting biodiversity in the taiga.