Olof T. Johansson, a Sami reindeer herder, has been a driving force in protecting Sweden's ancient forests and securing land rights for his people. A Green member of the Sami parliament, he persuaded large forest owners in Sweden to recognize grazing rights for reindeer herders, and to set aside extensive areas of old, unexploited forests to allow the build-up of hanging lichens, which are essential for the animals in winter.  
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