Siberian Pine Forests for Altai from WWF and Yves Rocher
Forest resurrection project is a part of long-term WWF and Yves Rocher Programme in Altai. All trees are being grown with no pesticides and are supposed to substitute for the natural forest being destroyed by natural causes such as fires and strong wind.
In total, up to 2020, it is planned to plant about 3.5 million transplants. Siberian pine is the only forest species chosen as part of the WWF and Yves Rocher Foundation's project to restore the Altai forests due to the huge value of Siberian pine forests - houses for a large number of animals.
This spring the totally 609.220 Siberian pines were planted. On the area of 196 hectares. It is a joint work of WWF, Yves Rocher and the Ministry of natural Resources of Republic of Altai. The trees were planted in Onguday, Turochak, Ust-Kansky and Ust-Koksinsky forestries.
The spring planting season was delayed this spring due to the cold weather and spring snowfall. However later when the forest managers started planting they managed to catch up and finish in time by June, 6. All trees are being cared for with no pesticides. The managers use only hand to weed the plants.
For the first time in Republic of Altai the forestry used the combination of resurrection methods. All trees have been planted in the area with some natural trees. The natural trees will help young Siberian pines to grow better.
WWF experts checked the quality of planting in June and were very content.
The first stage of the program of the Altai-Sayan branch of WWF and the Yves Rocher Foundation for the restoration of degraded natural landscapes in the Altai Republic was implemented in 2012-2015. The first transplants of 2012 took root perfectly and they already gave a good increase to 20-25 cm. In just four years, in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Property Relations of the Altai Republic, more than 4 million trees appeared in the region! This allowed to restore 1,311.5 hectares of lost forest areas on the lands of Onguday, Shebalin, Ust-Koksinsky, Ust-Kansky, and Turochak forestries. Altai transplants accounted for most of all trees (5 million transplants) planted by Yves Rocher in Russia in five years of the program. The project was carried out as part of the international action of the Yves Rocher Foundation "Greening the Planet Together" and it even entered the Russian Book of Records.