This is the fourth consecutive year that the Silver Taiga Foundation together with the Syktyvkar Forest Institute (SFI) organize field excursions on the Komi Model Forest demonstration routes for the first-year students having entered the SFI.
A group of students from the Syktyvkar Forest Institute (further – SFI) and University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Goettingen (Germany) have visited the Komi Model Forest demonstration routes in the frames of the international Forest school.
7 soil scientists from different regions of Russia, participants of the 6th All-Russian Scientific Conference “Fundamental and applied aspects of forest soil science” that was held in Syktyvkar from September 14-19, visited demonstration objects of the Komi Model Forest during a scientific tour devoted to the current changes of the middle taiga forest soils. The tour was arranged and conducted by Yury Pautov (Silver Taiga Foundation) and Aleksey Dymov (Institute of Biology of the Komi Scientific Center of the Ural Branch of RAS).
Silver Taiga together with the Institute of Biology had preliminary prepared eight demonstration objects with soil profiles demonstrating different types of soils and their transformation after different kinds of human intervention.
What happens to forest soils after agricultural use? Do they recover after further overgrowing with forest and how fast does it happen? How do soils transform under the influence of loggings and what is the duration of these transformations, how do they influence on the processes of renewal and growth, and on the spatial structure of secondary forest stands forming in the logged areas? Does the fertility of forest soils affected by the modern heavy harvesters recover and how fast? These and many other questions engendered heated discussions between representatives of different scientific schools on each demonstration object.
The participants were especially impressed by the duration of the consequences of the impact on forest soils. During the tour they had a chance to see with their own eyes that even after 80 years since the former agricultural fields had been grown over, these consequences remain in the structural profile, in the mechanical and chemical content of soils.
As was mentioned by the tour participants, such objects are an optimal method of a scientific monitoring, and it’s a great merit of the Komi Model Forest project, as in the frames of this project the chronology and the sequence of the human intervention had been detected and all this had been shown on the maps and on site.
It must be noted that all data on the assessment of the impact of the forest use, as well as the results of the morphological and analytical studies of forest soils with different degree and different nature of the human intervention are represented in the guidebook of the scientific tour “Modern changes of the middle taiga forest soils”. This guidebook was prepared cooperatively by the Institute of Biology of the Komi Scientific Center of the Ural Division of RAS and the Silver Taiga Foundation and issued just before the conference. This publication shows the history of the forest use and related transformation of soils on the territory of the Syktyvdinsky and Priluzsky districts of the Komi Republic, describes demonstration objects of the tour route, gives brief reference information on the Komi Model forest.
Photo by Alexey Dymov
As usual, the Silver Taiga Foundation ecologists have started another field season with preparation of the Komi Model Forest demonstration routes for educational courses, seminars and excursions, which have already been organized and conducted by the Foundation during summer and autumn for fifteen years and have always been popular among the forest relations participants – logging companies, scientists, representatives of the forest service, including the ones from other regions and countries, industry-related educational institutions…
This pine grows on the territory of the Zanulsky divisional forestry unit of the Priluzje forestry unit and is the final demonstration point of the popular educational route “Natural forest dynamics of the taiga ecosystems”.
For the third consecutive year, the Silver Taiga Foundation jointly with the Syktyvkar Forest Institute (SFI) organizes introduction field excursions in the Komi Model Forest for the first-year students having entered the SFI.
A group of representatives of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry has visited the demonstration sites of the Komi Model Forest within the framework of an international seminar organized by the Syktyvkar Forest Institute.
The first expedition of another field season of the Silver Taiga Foundation ecologists is devoted to the preparation of the Komi Model Forest demonstration routes for the educational courses, seminars, and excursions, which have been traditionally organized and conducted by the Foundation for more than ten years now.
The All-Russian “Tree planting day” campaign in the Komi Republic has been attended by the Minister for Natural Resources of Russia Sergey Donskoy and the Head of Rosleskhoz Vladimir Lebedev. In the course of their visit they got the materials on the results of the “Komi Model Forest” project implementation in Komi – an electronic presentation and a movie.
Local activists from forest districts of the Komi Republic (Priluzje, Udora and Kortkeros) together with the representatives of Silver Taiga Foundation took part in the training seminar organized by the Russian National FSC office in Ustja district of the Arkhangelsk region.
The first day of the seminar was devoted to the introduction of sustainable forest management principals, FSC activities and its office in Russia, Russian national forest management standard according to FSC, each of the forest stakeholders’ rights and possibilities. Round-table discussion “Forest sector of the north-west of Russia and participation of the population in forest management” was also held during the first day. The issue was mainly presented by the example of Ustja district. Nevertheless, all participants of the seminar took an active part in the discussion. There were representatives of the local communities, non-governmental organizations, timber companies, scientific institutions from Arkhangelsk, Leningrad, Vologda, Kostroma, Karelia and Komi regions.
It should be specially mentioned that the representatives of the local self-government such as the head of Ustja district and his deputy for social issues, heads of almost every village municipality were interested in the discussion.