History of Establishment of the First Model Forest in Russia

GMFA is located in the Nanaiski district of Khabarovsk krai, in the land of centuries-old inhabitation of Far Eastern indigenous peoples, where their population size is the largest, and availability of forest resources and existing infrastructure are adequate to make a start for achieving the outlined goals.

This territory has been developed by intensive harvesting and forest fires, and processes of spruce drying are still existing here, but at the same time, the essential part of virgin cedar pine stands is saved, rivers are clean enough for salmon spawning, and Ussury tigers are still dwelling.

The model forest was named “Gassinski” in the name of Gassi Lake, adjacent to the Amur and surrounded by a very attractive landscape composed of small rivers with their woody valleys and spurs of Sikhote-Alin range covered with virgin mixed cedar-pine and broad-leaf forests.

In August, 1993, the Federal Forest Service of Russia (FFSR) supported the offer of Canada to establish a model forest in the area of the Khabarovsk krai. After conclusion of the procedure of coordination of the offer by the FFSR and the Forest Service of Canada (FSC) this offer for establishment of the GMFA was approved by the International Model Forest Network Secretariat in May, 1994. In June 29, 1994 the Gassinski Model Forest Association was legally registered, its Charter was filed, the management body was staffed, and, in September 1994 the Three-year Work Plan and Funding Balance were drafted and approved by Russia and Canada in October of the same year.

Page UP