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Премия рунета 2017

WWF EXPERTS SHOWED THE FOREST OF THE FUTURE

10 august 2018
WWF-Russia experts conducted a workshop on thinning in young stands based on a new approach that allows obtaining economically valuable forest in the already developed areas twice as fast, while maintaining intact forests.

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.

(c) Anna Porokhova / WWF-Russia
"Thinning is a very important element of sustainable forest management. Simply put, it is weeding of young forests, which helps them grow normally. During our tour, we traveled in time from the twentieth century, where thinning in young stands was carried out in a meaningless from a silvicultural point of view using the "corridor" method, not allowing to grow economically valuable forest, to the XXI century, where the forest sites were treated according to the new standards, thinning was carried out uniformly over the area and literally every tree was taken care of, which helps reduce the time of forest cultivation and improve species composition,” noted Nikolay Shmatkov, Forest Program Director, WWF-Russia.

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.

"In circumstances of depletion of forest resources, logging companies have to go deeper into the forest and take less quality wood. Therefore, it is quite natural to move towards sustainable intensification, in order to begin to form the necessary forests to generate income”, said Konstantin Rogov, Deputy Director of ULK group for forest supply and certification. "If the company intends to work responsibly and for a long time, it is already necessary to think about the formation of the raw material base, which will be there 40-60 years later."
(c) Anna Porokhova / WWF-Russia

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. 

"Thinning in young stands is the essence of our forestry”, stressed Alexey Eglit. “In the conditions of the Russian Northwest without high-quality thinning in young stands, there will be no forest stand which can be logged. Here we’ve seen it clearly. And the fact that ULK began to deal with it is very promising."

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

For additional information please contact
Press Officer of Archangelsk Ecoregional Office
Forest Program Director, Sustainable Forestry Magazine Editor-in-Chief