Turkey: 100 trees cut down for 2011 winter games

ERZURUM – To make way for five ski-jumps, local forestry department
officials cut down 100 pine trees yesterday in the Kiremitli region of
the mountainous Erzurum province in preparation for the UNIVERSIAD
2011 World University Winter Games.

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An architect from the Youth and Sports Department said Universiad
officials would be visiting the region in March and that they had to
see the region cleared of all trees. The Forestry Department’s Erzurum
branch Deputy Director Bekir Celal said they wanted to remove the
trees and plant them somewhere else but the slope prevented any
vehicles from accessing the area.

Governor Bulut said they replanted some trees elsewhere last year but
none of them took root because they were too mature. “This doesn’t
mean we will destroy the forest. We had to do this for the 2011
Universiad games,” he said. TEMA’s Bedirhano?lu cited a previous
decision to uproot the trees and plant them elsewhere, adding: “I will
not allow any more trees to be cut down. Some one has to put a stop to
this. They argue that the trees here cannot be removed and planted
somewhere else. That just doesn’t make sense.” The Kiremitli region is
located between the ski resort of Palandöken and the Erzurum
University Campus.

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