Since the beginning of the season, 2.3 thousand hectares of live carpet have been restored, which is 39 percent of the plan for the year. Source: Administration of the Leningrad Region
The Leningrad region is a green area and does not complain about the lack of forests, but caring for them has been integrated into a system here. Every year, hundreds of trees suffer from fires and it takes decades to make up for lost time. Training and volunteers come to the rescue. At the end of May, the area again participated in the All-Russian Day of Planting Day campaign.
NATURE IS A PRIORITY
They say that a real man should not only raise his son and build a house, but also plant a tree. However, this does not apply to pan-Russian action: women and even children were admitted to the participants’ classes.
Last year, during the action alone, more than sixty hectares of forest were planted in all areas of the Leningrad region, about 120 thousand new trees. This year we decided to raise the bar. 21 plots were prepared for seedlings.
“We have chosen places that are closer to villages and towns, where you can easily reach,” explained Nikolai Volchuga, Deputy Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee of the Leningrad Region. – Having received seedlings and having received instructions, the participants in the action started their work. The organizers, meanwhile, made them tea and coffee and tried to make sure people could combine work with pleasure.
They worked hard in the Tosnensky area, not far from the village of Shapki, in the Lyuban forest. Activists planted pines and firs in an area of four hectares. The governor of the Leningrad Region Alexander Drozdenko also contributed, armed with a shovel, many seedlings and also came to participate in the All-Russian Day of Planting Forests.
Thanks to the caring people of Leningrad, 147,000 seedlings were planted in a single day.
DIFFICULT BUT EFFECTIVE
But a day care for forests in the Leningrad region is not limited. The young trees are cared for by specialists until they take root. Planting seedlings out of action continues until winter. Thus, since the beginning of the season, 2.3 thousand hectares of forest have been planted in the area, which is 39% of the projected amount for the whole year.
– Last year, forestry activities covered more than 18 thousand hectares of the area. At the same time, artificial plantings – with human participation – covered half of this area, the rest was care, thinning, and cleaning. This reforestation method is the most time consuming and at the same time the most effective “, added Nikolai Volchuga.
The results speak for the effectiveness of the method. In the Rosleskhoz ranking for 2021, the Leningrad region ranked fourth in the country among the regions in terms of forest management. In drawing up the top, we were guided by the volume of the timber harvest, the average area of a forest fire, and the area of planted forests. In 2020, the region managed to take second place in the ranking, and a year earlier – first.
At the same time, the Leningrad region is one of the leaders in Russia in terms of logging. The area is fully self-sufficient in plant material thanks to seven state nurseries. The cost of seedlings is maintained at the lowest level in the country, which is why other areas and private traders often turn to nurseries in Leningrad.
5.7 million hectares – forest area in the Leningrad region.
8.4 million hectares – the total area.
BY THE WAY
Last summer, although it was hot, the weather did not affect the number of forest fires. There were 423 fires in the area, the average size of one was 0.8 hectares – this is one of the lowest rates among the regions of Russia.
On June 8, 2022, the amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses entered into force. Fines for forest fire safety violations have increased significantly:
– for citizens – 15-30 thousand rubles (previously 1.5-3 thousand rubles)
– for employees – 30-50 thousand rubles (previously 10-20 thousand rubles)
– for legal entities – 100-400 thousand rubles (previously 50-200 thousand rubles).
Penalty for fallen dry grass next to the forest:
– for citizens – 30-40 thousand rubles (previously 3-4 thousand rubles)
– for employees – 40-60 thousand rubles (previously 15-25 thousand rubles)
– for legal entities – 300-500 thousand rubles (previously 150-250 thousand rubles).
QUESTION OF THE DAY
How else can we preserve nature for children and grandchildren?
A photograph: Ekaterina MARTINOVICH
Sergei BORTNIK, Member of Parliament for Bolsheizhora:
– First you have to stop throwing garbage! Do not burn forest fires. Involve more people in planting young trees. And then there will be a result. We planted trees with students in September – I would like this tradition to take root.
Tatyana LEBEDEVA, math teacher at Kirishi High School:
– It would be nice to revive the tradition of frequent subbotniks for children, as we did at school. So children will get used to working. Adults should also stop throwing rubbish and start cleaning themselves. And we must also say how nature suffers from human hands.
Evgenia SEMENOVA, engineer:
– Ecological actions are good. Especially when you fill in the blanks that we have created ourselves. I will not be original if I say that you have to start with yourself and your apartment. Sort the garbage, now we have such an opportunity – there are bins for separate collection in almost every yard. I remember twenty years ago everyone laughed at us when we washed plastic bags, and now half of Europe does that.
Lyudmila GALANOVA, cheesemaker, farm owner:
– We must first of all preserve what we have. And these are not just trees, but other plants as well. People along the roads suffer a lot, especially in winter when they remove the snow. In general, seedling planting campaigns should be done all year round.
Elena LOBODA, English teacher:
– My eldest daughter is in the seventh grade and has been following an environmental cycle for several years. There they develop water purification projects, waste recycling. The latter, I believe, is our future. Our family has been dealing with the separate collection for three years.