WWF EXPERTS SHOWED THE FOREST OF THE FUTURE
On 9 and 10 August, WWF-Russia, in cooperation with Lesnaya Territoriya and with the support of the ULK group of companies within the framework of "Logger of the XXI century" championship held a number of field trips "Young stands in XXI century": demonstration sites for thinning in young stands according to the sustainable intensive forest management model".
At the end of 2017, the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia approved the Forest Tending Rules, including the standards of intensive forestry for the Dvinsko-Vychegodsky forest area. The new rules fundamentally change the approach and technology of thinning in young stands and provide an opportunity to implement a cost-effective forestry system that will allow increase forest resources much faster and improve the quality of forests in already developed areas, while maintaining intact forests.
During the field tour, the participants, including representatives of the Federal Forestry Agency, regional forest management authorities, timber companies, examined the forest sites with thinning performed with the traditional, ‘corridor’ method (in lines), and ULK forest sites where thinning was performed based on the new standards by the experts of WWF; got acquainted with the peculiarities of the procedure, discussed the expected silvicultural effect of such thinning.
Currently, logging companies have already begun to use the new approaches to thinning on a production scale. According to WWF-Russia, it is important to find incentives, both administrative and economic, to stimulate forest users to invest in improving the forest area.
As noted Alexey Eglit, head of the Forestry Department for North-West Federal District, the event clearly showed that investing money in thinning in young stands today would bring the companies multiple profit in the near future.
The next practical step of WWF-Russia in the implementation of sustainable intensive forestry will be the publication of a methodological guide for effective thinning in young stands.
Headline photo: (c) Anna Porokhova / WWF-Russia