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FOREST COMPANIES FOUGHT IN THE "BATTLE ON MOTOR BUSH CUTTERS” FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RUSSIA

12 august 2019
In Arkhangelsk Region, a competition for thinning was held by WWF-Russia in cooperation with ULK and GK Titan in the framework of the championship "Lumberjack of the 21st century".

Thinning in young stands is an important element of effective forestry. Removal of excess vegetation, deciduous trees, and shrubs helps economically valuable species, i.e. spruce and pine, grow faster, and improves the quality of forest stand. Simply put, it's like weeding a garden, as removing weeds gives more light, food and space to the main tree species.

The participants of the competition first listened to the theory of thinning, and then passed the training, where they received useful skills and learned some secrets from experts and were able to practice the techniques of working with a motor bush cutter. During the “forest battle”, the participants had to clear a 25-meter-long and 3-meter-wide forest site from unnecessary vegetation. Gregory Ilyasov from Krasnoborsk-forest (part of Region-Les) was the best. He is the most skillful participant of the competition, with work experience in the forest industry of almost 40 years. A young specialist of the GK ULK LLC Roman Limonov ranked the second. A representative of Metsä Forest Podporozhye, Alexey Arkhipovsky, took the third place.

(c) Anna Porokhova / WWF-Russia
"The lack of available timber resources pushes forest companies to move from logging in remote areas of intact forests to the active forest cultivation in already developed areas with infrastructure and more favorable climatic conditions. Skillful reforestation and thinning of the young stands can lead to success. Unfortunately, at present, thinning is a weak link in forestry. Reforestation often occurs based on the principle of "planted and forgotten." Without the subsequent competent care, seedlings of conifers are overgrown with birch and aspen, die or practically do not grow. The correct thinning in the young stands requires several large investments, but allows to get a high-quality, economically valuable forest in already developed areas twice as fast, while conserving intact forests," said Andrey Shchegolev, Director of WWF-Russia Forest Program.

Competent thinning in young stands requires qualified experts with special knowledge and skills. As recognized by the participants of the training and the competition, they had gained valuable experience that would help them in their future work.

Headline and preview photos: (c) Anna Porokhova / WWF-Russia

For additional information please contact
Press Officer of Archangelsk Ecoregional Office