For every product sold, Wilderoben gives 1 % of its value to forest protection movement WOLF
We started the partnership with the VLK Forest Protection Movement because we believe it's necessary to preserve our natural forests and keep fighting to extend protected areas and reservations in Slovakia. As we want to partake actively, we donate 1% of every product sold and all the profit from special events such as Green Friday or Dobrý trh. So far, we donated a total of 21 976 EUR.
LET’S DO NOTHING IN FORESTS
Together with VLK, we aim to turn 10% of all Slovak forests into non-intervention areas. We want these forests to be free of timber harvesting, illegal hunting, toxic chemicals, harvesting of deadwood, mindless forest planting, or motor vehicles. They should be enjoyed by mindful people who can explore them off the beaten track. Therefore, wilderoben employees donate 5% of their working time pro bono for activities aimed at protecting natural forests. The Všetko pre nič petition started by VLK has been signed in our shop, during the election and at events by over 9200 people and counting.
WHO IS WOLF?
WOLF is an activist group and forest protection movement that owns the first private natural heritage reserve Vlčia that serves for research, ecotourism, and education. The area of 21 ha is located in the Čergov Mountain Range.Another nature reserve Rysia covers 30 ha in Strážovské vrchy.VLK‘s activity helped the establishment of the third private nature reserve Roháčia in Cerova vrchovina.
Ever since their foundation in 1993, activists and volunteers from WOLF have been fighting for protecting natural forests in Slovakia. They have been working tirelessly on creating a network of Evolution forests® where all the organisms are left to develop without any human interference. They achieved the declaration of new strictly protected areas on an area of 2236 ha and, by purchase or long-term lease, ensured the protection of another 262 ha. They managed to achieve changes in legislation that save dozens of wolves that would otherwise be killed every year, protect bears from trophy hunting, fight excessive logging, detect wood theft or poaching, and regularly organize educational workshops and on-site seminars for the public.
MILESTONES IN FOREST PROTECTION IN SLOVAKIA
2001 - 2002
A stop of both illegal and legal logging in natural reserve Suchá dolina in Western Tatras in aform of 40-year lease of the designated area of 160 ha to VLK.
The first private natural heritage reserve in Slovakia, Vlčia (21 ha), was foundedin Čergov Mountain Range. The second reservation Rysia (30 ha) is located in Strážovské Mountain Range.
Enlargement of national nature reserve Udava from 52 ha to 393 ha.
Suspension of aerial chemical spraying in TANAP and other national parks. Significant reduction of land chemical spraying.
Enlargement of state national nature reserve Kyjovský prales from 53 ha to 397 ha.
2007 - 2009
Declaration of state natural reserve Bisce with an area of 28 ha.
2006 - 2013
A stop of logging deadwood after the High Tatras calamity in Tichá and Kôprová valleys.
2003 - 2020
Incorporation of a revolutionary idea of the protection of natural processes and non-intervention (NIC) into nature protection in Slovakia. VLK achieved a ban on logging in state-protected areas with the highest degree of protection on tens of thousands of hectares.
2006 – 2020
Purchase of 101.8 ha of forest for the extension of Vlčia reserve in the Čergov Mountains.
2006 – 2020
Significant improvements in the protection of wolves in Slovakia - ban of hunting wolves in large borderline areas and Pannonian bioregion, ban on team hunting, tightening hunting conditions, ending unlimited shooting, and ensuring the determination of the social value of the wolf.
2013 - 2019
Declaration of the 3rd private nature reserve Roháčia (17 ha) in Cerova vrchovina owned by a member of VLK.
2010 - 2018
BIOMASAKER campaign - abolition of subsidies for burning wood in biomass power plants.
2007 – 2020
Declaration of the Vihorlatský prales nature reserve and the Rydošová nature reserve - a total of 1630,27 ha of non-intervention forests.
2017 - 2020
Hybrid blockade - blocking of logging in Čergov under the Solisko hill.
Saving 51 000 trees from being cut down in the vicinity of Raslavice pod Čergovom.
Suppression of logging in the area of the proposed nature reserve Pramene Vydrice.
MEET THE ACTIVISTS
Chief of WOLF, activist
Forest protection activist. Juraj has a degree in cybernetics. For more than 25 years, he has been fighting for nature protection and raising awareness about the issue of preservation of Europe’s natural forests. Founder of WOLF owns the first private natural reserve Vlčia in Čergov and Rysia in Strážovske mountains. He lives in the small village Osadné close to the Polish - Slovak border and just a stone’s throw away from the natural reservation Udava.
Chief of Clan WOLF Čergov
Katarína studied geography and is active in the forest protection movement WOLF since she was 17 and where she now in the headquarters located in Tulčík. She guides people during seminars in forests called Gaia, files complaints, organises weekly meetings of WOLF supporters in Prešov. She focuses on protection of wolves in Slovakia and coordinates all activities. Her dream is to be able to walk in the forests without discovering another illegal logging activity or meeting a poacher or motor vehicle.