Little natural food for reindeer

In 1987, low cover made up 19 per cent of the total area on Finnmarksvidda. The latest results show that the low cover in 2013 is down to a dramatic 4 per cent, managing director Jørn Rolfsen in the Directorate of Agriculture has stated. In 26 years, more than 3/4 of the lichen on the Finnmarksvidda has disappeared due to excessive grazing pressure. This shows that it is now absolutely necessary to have a sharp reduction in the reindeer population soon in order to reverse this trend.

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