WWF Started Expedition to Dvinsko-Pinezhsky Forest
Scientists will examine those parts of the planned reserve that weren’t investigated earlier. Results of this field trip will complete the integrated ecological surveys’ materials that are required for granting protected area (PA) status to unique intact taiga forest landscape.
Expedition consists of scientists, botanists, zoologists, forest experts from Arkhangelsk and Saint-Petersburg. They will inspect intact forest landscape with an area of 30 000 ha in Vyisky forest district in Verkhnetoemsky district of Arkhangelsk Region.
During the expedition experts will do integrated survey including flora and fauna description, research of sanitary and forest pathology state of forest, i.e. collection data on stand condition, pests invasion, forest diseases, rare species and unique objects with high conservation value.
It’s to be recalled that in April 2018 the agreement on borders of future Dvinsko-Pinezhsky Reserve was signed by forest companies leasing this forest area, WWF-Russia and Greenpeace Russia. Agreement on borders was achieved as a result of long-term and stressful negotiations between forest business and environmental organizations. As a consequence, the area of the planned PA was reduced from 480 000 to 302 000 ha. In addition to the above several forest sites that haven’t been surveyed before were added to the agreed territory of the reserve.
Due to the plan of the reserve creation that was approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Timber Industry Complex of the Arkhangelsk Region, after the additional field study the results of integrated ecological survey of the territory will be prepared and used to prove PA status and validate PA project. Then survey materials and PA project will go to public hearings, State Environmental Review and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation for approval.
Headline photo: (c) Andrey Shchegolev, WWF-Russia