Korean pine Day celebrated in support of salmon
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.
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!”