The Ännamus forest

Ann Murugan

Key biotope

The forest has been classified as a key biotope by the Swedish Forest Agency, and has very high natural conservation values as well as a high social value. In spite of this, the forest was threatened by deforestation, since the forested area was too large for the Swedish Forest Agency to put it under biotope protection (70 hectares, of which roughly 10 consist of lake and marshland (close to ¾ km²) ), and too small for the county council to prioritise. 

Animal & plant-life

The forest is home to, among others, the bohemian waxwing, Siberian jay, capercaillie, three-toed woodpecker, crossbills, black-throated loom, moose, caribou, Eurasian lynx, wolverine, and bear. Many of the fungi and lichens that require a forest with plenty of old trees, dead, and fallen trees, live here. Some examples are tube lichen, Pseudographis pinicola, chaenothecopsis lichen, Trichaptum laricinum, Formitopsis rosea, Skeletocutis odora, Diplomitoporus crustulinus, parasite cup lichen, cartilage lichen, pimpled kidney lichen, Leptoporus mollis, and peppermint drop lichen.

Red listed species which have been found in the forest 

Birds
Siberian Jay, NT- Near Threatened
Three-toed woodpecker, VU- Vulnerable

Lichens
Bitter tube lichen, NT- Near Threatened
Chaenothecopsis lichen, NT- Near Threatened
Parasite cup lichen, NT- Near Threatened
Textured lungwort, NT- Near Threatened

Fungi
Pseudographis pinicola, NT- Near Threatened
Trichaptum laricinum, NT- Near Threatened
Formitopsis rosea, NT- Near Threatened
Skeletocutis odora, VU- Vulnerable

Source: Survey carried out by Mats Karström & Ginger Bromfalk, Steget före, 2006.

Social value

The area is situated opposite Årrenjarkas fell-station, and deforestation would have been detrimental for the site. Tourists come to the area for its natural beauty, not to gaze at clear-cuts.

Thanks

A special thanks to everyone who donated 1000 SEK or more. Your names have been engraved on a plaque in the forest.

Directions

Ett klick för skogen (A click for the forest) would like to encourage the clickers and tree-sponsors to visit this wonderful feel-good-forest! The area is relatively easy to get to by the norrland-train, getting off at Murjek. From the train-station you can take a bus to Årrenjarka (a 1.5 hour journey). If you’re visiting the forest during the summer-months you’ll need to book transport by boat across the Saggat lake. Please contact Årrenjarkas fell-station to book boat-rides and accommodation if you wish to stay the night.