Flying squirrel corridors placed under protection ({{commentsTotal}})

After a year and a half of preparations, the State Forest Management Center (RMK) has mapped and taken under protection movement corridors that connect 47 nesting areas of the Siberian flying squirrel population in Estonia.

The protection strategy had focused on protecting only the known habitats, but according to natural diversity specialist Toomas Hirse, this type of protection has little effect if the animals cannot move between the nesting areas and mate.

"RMK has, therefore, committed itself to preserving and shaping the movement corridors in state forests in a way that would help to secure the survival of the species in Estonia," he said.

The local flying squirrel population is mostly located in the Alutaguse area of Lääne-Viru and Ida-Viru counties, eastern Estonia.

The corridors stretch over 1,051 hectares of state owned forests. They will be fitted with platforms at 1.5-2 kilometer intervals, where the squirrels can take refuge, rest and feed.

The inventories and studies of the known habitats have revealed that the endangered Siberian flying squirrels, the only species of flying squirrels found in Europe, face a dire situation.



Opinion
Kallas, Kasemets, Maasikas: EU is strong, no upside to losing the euro

Speaking on Vikerraadio's "Reporteritund" ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, Siim Kallas, Keit Kasemets and Matti Maasikas agreed that despite its prblems, the EU remained strong as a union.

Opinion digest: How can Estonia shed its reputation as a frontline state?

In a recent opinion piece in Postimees, Propastop, a blog maintained by Estonian Defence Forces volunteers, listed suggestions on how Estonia could shed its international reputation as a frontline state.