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The status of semi-natural grasslands in the province of South Karelia, SE Finland
Olli Marttila, Juha Jantunen and Kimmo Saarinen
Annales Botanici Fennici
Vol. 36, No. 3 (1999), pp. 181-186
Published by: Finnish Zoological and Botanical Publishing Board
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23726550
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The semi-natural grasslands were inventoried in the province of South Karelia (Finland) in 1992, 1993 and 1996. Altogether 89 different sites were found, covering a total area of 97 hectares. The sites were classified into five different biotopes, which comprised a total of 115 grasslands. Three-quarters of all sites (68, 76%), covering an area of 65 hectares (67% of total), were assessed as being in danger of losing their value because of either poor management or lack of management. The results indicate that the area of semi-natural grasslands in the province is now about 250 times smaller (0.4%) than at the beginning of the 20th century. The status of these environments in South Karelia is alarming.
Annales Botanici Fennici © 1999 Finnish Zoological and Botanical Publishing Board