The Red Forest (Ukrainian: Рудий ліс, Russian: Рыжий лес) is in the area around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The forest is the trees in the 10 km² around the damaged nuclear reactor. The name "Red Forest" comes from color of the pine trees that died after taking in high levels of radiation from the Chernobyl accident on April 26, 1986. The trees became reddish-brown. People took down the trees and buried them in 'waste graveyards' while cleaning up after the disaster. The Red Forest is one of the areas in the world today with the most radioactivity.
- Description of Red Forest - unique ecosystem of Chernobyl zone of alienation. (radiation dead forest ecosystem) Archived 2009-05-19 at the Wayback Machine
- Greenpeace ten-year retrospective Archived 2007-02-03 at the Wayback Machine
- The Zone as a wildlife reserve
- More images from inside the Zone
- 25 years of satellite imagery over Chernobyl Archived 2011-05-05 at the Wayback Machine