Korean Cedar Pine
Korean cedar pine; Korean pine; Cedar
lower risk/least concern
40-50m height, and 1.5-2m trunk diameter
The heart of the ecosystem
Although they are under threat from illegal logging, Korean cedar pine are far more valuable as living trees than hewn timber. Local villagers depend on the pine nuts for their livelihoods. Under its canopy lives ginseng, which is also harvested by local communities.
Wild boar (sus scrofa) forage for pine nuts, and in turn are the main prey for the Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) and Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis). Also found in these forests are brown bear, asiatic bear and lynx.
What are the main threats?
Recently, a fall in demand for other types of wood due to increased controls and export duties has increased large-scale illegal logging of Korean cedar pine as loggers seek an alternative lucrative wood. This threatens the continued viability of these forests and the species which rely on them.
Illegal logging is estimated to account for 50% of all timber harvested in the far east. Without proper controls, inspections and regulations, the Korean cedar pine forests will not survive.
What is WWF doing?
- WWF believes that the only way to stop the complete destruction of the Far Eastern Korean pine forests is to impose a moratorium on its harvesting. It is calling on provincial and federal authorities to propose measures to add Korean pine to the list of species forbidden to harvest, and to inform importing countries accordingly.
- A WWF partnership with IKEA in the Evreiskaya Autonomous Oblast was highly successful in reducing illegal logging and poaching, providing funding for inspectors to report and act on illegal activities in the forests.
- WWF works to protect forests throughout the world, raising awareness of illegal timber through the Forest Stewardship Council and promoting conservation measures and protected areas.
- WWF runs projects to reduce illegal logging and protect species such as the Amur tiger which depend on these forests for survival, raising awareness among local people and working in partnership with statutory bodies. Examples include: Protection of Siberian Tiger and its Habitat and Anti-timber Poaching Brigade in Siberia.