Mosoblles Shatura branch officials explain how to collect dead wood without breaking the law

Is it possible to put tree fragments found in the forest in the trunk of a personal car? Will the foresters consider it arbitrary and a violation of the law? BSh readers were interested in this topic and since the forest order is under the control of the Forest Committee of the Moscow Region, we went to its underlying unit, the Shatura branch of GKU MO Mosoblles, to answer questions.

Photo: Natalia Singatullina

What you can get

Can any trunk or tree be considered necropsy? According to GKU MO Mosoblles Shatursky’s branch manager Andrey Bobkov, dead wood is a branch that has fallen as a result of natural processes, parts of tree trunks and shrubs.

According to the amendments to Article 32 of the Forest Code of the Russian Federation, which entered into force on January 1, 2019, dead wood is classified as a non-timber forest resource. And it can be harvested freely – freely and for free, just like harvesting wild fruits, berries, nuts, mushrooms and other forest gifts for your own needs.

It does not matter why the tree died: whether it was affected by rot, parasites or broken by wind or snow. “At the same time,” said Andrey Anatolyevich, “the branches, the remnants of the trunks must be loose on the ground and not have a strong connection to it.”

What is the subtlety here? If the tree is cut down and falls completely to the ground, but the trunk has not been separated from the root, it can not be considered necropsy. Because the root that came out of the ground actually has a strong connection to the ground, which means that the tree has not lost the opportunity to live.

It is also impossible to cut down a dried but upright tree – as it is illegal logging and entails administrative liability, as provided for in Article 8.28 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation.

That is, you can get what does not require pruning, pruning and trimming the tree from the root. And hand tools (cells, saws and chainsaws) can only be used to divide dead wood into smaller pieces for ease of transport.

There are exceptions

The law allows people to collect dead wood for their own needs throughout the forest fund. But there are some exceptions. The first is the specially protected natural soils, whose passports impose an immediate ban on the collection of dead wood or human intervention.

There are 19 specially protected natural areas and 5 protected forest areas in the Shatura branch of the Mosoblles, but no such ban has been imposed on them. Therefore, people have the right to collect fallen trees in any forest area – unless it falls into one more exception: it is forbidden to collect dead wood in places where planned felling and storage of previously harvested wood is prohibited.

How it looks in practice, said and showed to the BS correspondent Denis Belyaev, senior local forester. In the forest area near the village Nikitinskaya and SNT “Luch” this is very clear.

On one side of the road, the trees collapse from the wind and there you can choose both trunks and large branches, which are quite suitable not only for firewood, but even for crafts. And on the other side of the road there is a site marked with columns, prepared for sanitary felling. Trees are also down there, but you can not collect necrops here.

And so that an ordinary person, who is not sure about his knowledge of the law and the forest land, does not make a mistake when choosing a site for the collection of dead wood, it is better to contact the Shatura branch of Mosoblles. His experts will go with you to the territory and will dispel all your doubts.

In conclusion, we add that necropsy can be harvested throughout the year, and no volume limit has been set. However, one must understand that this should not harm the forest.

Andrey BOBKOV, Director of Mosoblles Shatura Branch:

– If you decide to pick up and remove deadwood, it is important not to destroy live trees, lowland, lowland, forest waste. Therefore, it is not necessary to use specialized equipment off the existing roads that may cause such damage. And do not forget to follow the rules of fire and health safety.


For any questions, including logging and storage of previously harvested timber, please contact GKU MO “Mosoblles” Shatursky branch by telephone 8 (498) 602-00–32, ext. 550

Natalia Singatullina

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