On the outskirts of the village, riots break out next to residential buildings. We were later told that the children of the area were climbing these wooden slides and the logs were “playing”. Kids have fun!
First of all, we are heading to the head of Tukan … Yes, it would make more sense to meet first with representatives of the initiative group that opposes deforestation, but I would like to know the official view.
Alfiya Fyatakhovna calmly confronts the protests in the village. Moreover, not all Tukans are probably against logging: the people’s complaints are mainly related to the condition of rural roads, which have been broken by timber trucks. The residents are particularly unhappy with the riots that are accumulating throughout the village.
The head of Tukan herself is not happy that she allowed the lumberjacks to store round timber within the boundaries of a residential area.
Among the leaders of the initiative group, which sets the task of stopping deforestation, are local businessmen, sisters Gulnara and Sariya Abdullina.
I know them. They are very active people, they managed to set up a farm, to produce semi-finished products and to create jobs. They are respected in the village. These are not some quarrels that are always unhappy with what the authorities are doing. The Abdullina sisters are very sensitive to the issue of logging in the Tukan forest. Their homeland turns into a desert before their eyes. That’s how they think.
The concept of desert does not only apply to the environment. Judge for yourself: in Soviet times, about ten thousand people lived in Tukan, a mining and processing plant, a quarry and other companies were working. It was a rich working class community. Today there are at most a thousand inhabitants here, and many workers in shifts. Meanwhile, megatons of the most unique ore are found in the ground …
There are still real miners in Toucan. These are hardworking and good people. I agree, it is a pity that the most profitable business project in the mining village was the deforestation …
The separate plots allotted to this business are within walking distance of the Abdullins farm and now cattle grazing has become very problematic. But, of course, this was not the only thing that inspired the sisters to oppose logging. They love their Toucan and want to preserve its pristine nature.
So I wrote this and I thought: does not that sound very pathetic? In addition, in my village I was told that the leaders of the initiative group themselves have a sawmill. Admittedly it was embarrassing. On the other hand, what is a sawmill compared to a strong logging company? Child owl on the background of an excavator.
We go to one of the plots in an old “Niva”. We are going through the riots.
“We will fight,” Gulnara assures. It refers to deforestation, which, in her opinion, should be stopped.
The car is leaping into potholes, I was constantly banging my head on the “roof” of the car. The road has been broken to death by timber trucks.
Here is the plot. It is six kilometers from the village.
What I saw – horror! And I insist that this word be written exclusively through this emotionally broken dash!
In the wells there are branches, remnants of fallen forest, which for some reason was not removed, rhizomes. And this is a picture of many tens of hectares.
Once upon a time there was a diverse, beautiful Toucan forest.
In Tucan, a gathering of residents is planned for deforestation and forest storage issues. Gulnara looks at her watch: it’s time to leave, otherwise we’ll be late to start.
Fifty people come to the meeting. Local teacher Minisur Gorbatova speaks. It quotes author Valentin Rasputin, who fought against deforestation in Siberia. I hear it and I also remember the phrase of one of the classics. It seems that the great Mendeleev said it, although I will not insist, correct me if nothing else … If not literally, then it sounds something like this: the very idea of the possibility of cutting the Urals forest is criminal in terms of conservation the uniqueness of the local climate.
And one more thing: a friend of mine, a photographer, told me how he once flew an An-2 over Belorechie and saw huge bald patches in the Urals. Bald spots look like ulcers and are more and more. By the way, is it probably not a coincidence that in the summer the air temperature has already started to rise above forty? Maybe Mendeleev was right?
The speech of the deputy director of the Beloretsk logging company Vladimir Ustinov was the most interesting.
He was constantly interrupted, but he remained steadfast, trying to answer all the questions. He talked a lot about logging technology and promised to get rid of all the riots, to repair roads as soon as possible.
People did not believe it well: they were deceived very often. When asked by the Abdullin brothers why the used plots were in such a bad condition, the Deputy Director replied:
Everything will rot in two years.
This confused those present. And still bitter laughter …
But it turns out that the natural decomposition of wood waste is a completely formal way of clearing plots.
Behind me, I hear the whisper of one of the attendees:
– How can abandoned logs and thick branches rot in a few years? ..
I, too, begin to fantasize ironically about myself, how in two years we will get to Toucan with photojournalist Ilya Panchenko. We will not change to Niva or rent a tractor to get to the plots. The road will be without either a puddle or a puddle, because by then the grader will have polished it. We will see a clean plot, where all the logs and branches have rotted (in two, I emphasize, years!), And the rhizomes have been dissolved by the rains. We will gently touch with our hands the pines that the lumberjacks have lovingly planted. Our hearts will be filled with joy and I will be ashamed that two years ago, when I was writing this material, I was probably not objective enough.
Arriving in the city, I called Vladimir Ustinov (I could not talk to him at the rally).
I asked him if he believed that in two years tons of wood waste, including fallen trees, could rot. He replied that he meant small branches and offered the inhabitants of Toucan to take the abandoned forest for free (this word was underlined by him) for firewood. Vladimir Petrovic said that in two years it will be possible to plow between the ramparts and plant new trees, something they are going to do.
At the end of the conversation, as I was writing this material, I began to think about the words of the deputy director of the logging company. So he said: let the toucans get firewood from the plots for free. On the one hand, this is a broad gesture of generosity. On the other hand … Imagine a picture: old Toukan crawling along the plots and picking out the remaining logs from piles of wood waste lying on the ramparts. And then, having rented a tractor and paid for fuel, they have to deliver firewood to the village along a broken road. Yes, in this case, every log will turn to gold!
According to Tukan’s head, lumberjacks promised to help the poor Tukan with firewood. Is it interesting that they will be offered self-delivery of wood that has been abandoned on the plots?
Russian merchants have always been great benefactors: they built schools, alms, churches, supported poor students (there were no scholarships under the tsar). And today they exist! I know a businessman who, twenty years ago, brought ten thousand rubles every summer day to the construction site of St. Nicholas Church in Beloretsk. I emphasize – every day! It must have been the daily income (or part of it) of a store.
Another modern merchant in Abzakovo’s homeland renovated the mosque. And his brother built a church in Lomovka. By the way, in Tukan the temple was also built at the expense of a local businessman.
And I also know people who are constantly helping Beloretsk athletes – wrestlers, boxers … And, I think, all these businessmen are doing good deeds not only because they heard the authorities call for a socially oriented business. They just have a conscience.
Why am I writing all this?
It’s simple: why do not foresters clean the plots themselves with the help of productive equipment? Take out the wood, keep it in a safe (!) Place near the village with good access roads and only then offer the toucans (the poor, first of all): take, they say, for free! Veterans of work, children of war, people with disabilities can (must!) Deliver firewood directly to their homes. It would be good if local authorities and Tukan entrepreneurs could be involved in this work.
When I only hinted at this good idea to the lumberjacks, they replied: “Maybe they should heat the stoves too?” I do not like to moralize, but I want to say: you can not treat Tukan only as a production site. Because this is the homeland, even if you live elsewhere. This is our Russia.
Let’s go back to the gathering of the inhabitants. There were many emotions and different views. There was no main thing – mutual understanding. Everyone stood their ground: lumberjacks want to work and make a profit. And the Toucans do not want their roads to be destroyed by timber trucks.
They do not want the toucan forest to cease to exist.
“And yet we will fight,” the Abdullina sisters finally told me.
The logging company Beloretsk will cut down the Tukan forest for a long time: the contract is for 49 years.
Instead of metal: At the time of writing, there was a message that lumberjacks were beginning to sort the streets.