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Korean pine Day celebrated in support of salmon

16 may 2019
On May 15, Korean pine Day was celebrated in the forest nursery of Primorsky State Agricultural Academy. In the International Year of Salmon, the holiday was organized with support of WWF Russia and the Amur Tiger Center. It was focused on the preservation of forests for people and salmon.
Korean pine Day is a holiday born in Primorsky province of the Russian Far East. It was initiated by WWF in 2010, in the lunar year of the Tiger, when the government of the Russian Federation included the Korean pine in the list of species prohibited for harvesting. Thanks to this decision, predatory logging of Korean pine was stopped in taiga home of the Amur tiger and leopard. The next step was to help Korean pine forests "to heal the wounds" from logging.
Korean pine Day at the forest nursery of Primorsky Agricultural Academy
Olga Sass / WWF Russia
Korean pine Day has become a traditional labor holiday that unites people who want to make a difference by doing good things for nature with their own hands. Like planting 1,000,000 Korean pine seedlings under the forest canopy in 2011-2012 in Khasansky district as part of WWF Russia and Citibank campaign “Plant a Forest for a Leopard”; or planting pine seedlings recovering an illegal logging site, as it has been done many times in Dalnerechensky district of Primorsky province with the participation of schoolchildren, representatives of the district Duma and the administration; or planting pines in the villages and school yards like the students from WWF’s friends club in Chuguevka village.

In the International Year of Salmon forests need help again! On Korean pine Day WWF Russia draws the public’s attention to the problem of preserving spawning forest belts. On July 1, 2019, the Federal Law comes into force. Under the new law, the size of spawning forest zones is reduced from 1 km to 50-200 meters. As a result, their total area will decrease at least by 5 times, which will threaten the degradation of the spawning grounds of Pacific salmon, Atlantic salmon, sturgeon, whitefish and other valuable fish species. To prevent this situation, Greenpeace and WWF Russia appealed to the President and the Government of the Russian Federation, and also launched the petition in defense of spawning forest belts. The more people sign it, the higher the chance that the problem part of the new law will be revised.

Korean pine Day at the forest nursery of Primorsky Agricultural Academy
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia
Comments Evgeny Lepeshkin, senior coordinator of forest projects at WWF Russia Amur branch:
There are 4.2 million hectares of spawning forest belts in Primorsky and Khabarovsky provinces. After the new law comes into force, only 850 thousand hectares of spawning forest belts will stay under protection in two provinces. Coastal forests will be logged, rivers will become shallow, tributaries will be unfit for spawning grounds. The floods during typhoons and their consequences will bring even greater disasters than before. We hope that common sense will prevail, and the new law will be revised. And thanks to such holidays as Korean pine Day, there will be more and more supporters and defenders of taiga forests — the habitats of the Amur tiger.”

The long-term initiative to celebrate the Korean pine Day is gaining momentum. There are already several sites in Primorsky province where measures are being taken to plant the pine trees or sow the seeds of Korean pine. The forest area of ​​Primorsky State Agricultural Academy is one of the venues of the Korean pine Day for already 7 years. This environmental action is timed to the planting of forest crops and the sowing of Korean pine seeds in the Academy's forest nursery, which restoration took a lot of efforts of teachers of the Academy, students and WWF Russia. The long-term cooperation of the Academy and  WWF Russia has led to the creation of the Forestry Innovation Centre, the introduction of new technologies such as KEDR forest monitoring system, to the training of “TIS” student brigade – the future forest specialists, and the development of the Academy’s initiative to create school forest areas. Korean pine Day is a great chance to meet together and share the best forest practices.

On May 15, the schoolchildren from Ussuriysk, Arsenyev, Artyom, Razdolny, Galenok villages took part in the celebration. They are the winners and participants of the online forestry competition held by the Academy this year. On Korean pine Day, together with students and teachers of the Academy, the schoolchildren worked in the sowing section of the nursery and laid their rows with the seeds of the “bread” tree of Ussury taiga. After work, the students from “TIS” brigade prepared games and contests about the forest, its inhabitants and salmon fish.

In general, more than 1000 kg of Korean pine seeds will be sown this spring in the forest nursery of the Primorsky State Agricultural Academy. After 3 years, these seedlings can be planted under the forest canopy. Indeed, over the past hundred years, the area of ​​Korean pine forests in Primorye has almost halved. And the best way to restore them is planting of seedlings.

Sing the petition “Save the forests near rivers – save the salmon!”



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