Sanitary felling of infected cedars resumed in Khakassia

Sanitary cutting cedar bark beetle infested beetle, stopped by public pressure, resumed in Khakassia on the conclusion of a federal commission of experts, to prevent the spread of infection to cut nearly 500 acres of forest, said on Friday the Republican State Committee of the Forest (State Forest Committee).

Foresters Khakassia found foci of infection shestizubchatym cedar bark beetle (shorthand) in forest areas in the south of Khakassia in the fall of 2011. It was decided to start full and selective sanitary felling of infected trees over an area of 400 hectares. Such large-scale spread of bark beetle in Khakassia was recorded for the first time, the reason, according to experts, was the dry weather, which held for several years. About half of the planned volume of sanitary felling was done when they had to be stopped by public pressure. Local residents believe that together with the patients and healthy trees felled cedar. Supervisors began checking the legality of cutting and Khakassia State Forest Committee asked the Federal Forestry Agency to conduct an examination of the state of pine forests.

"Area of cedar to be sanitary felling in Khakassia, is about 500 hectares," — said in a statement, referring to the inspection report.

According to the State Forest Committee, it's not only the trees infected beetle bark beetle, but also weak and dry out under the influence of pathogenic fungi cedars, are "candidates" on the settlement of stem pests.

"Given the dry weather during the growing period of the current year, that is quite favorable conditions for mass reproduction bark stenographer can be expected in the next few years the spread of outbreaks of this pest," — experts say.

The head of Khakassia Viktor Zimin, on Friday recommended the Republican foresters to court to seek redress forestry termination of sanitary felling. Head of the republic said that the campaign organized businessmen, whom he did not name.

"There was an argument of economic interests, which is initiated by some comrades. Absolutely had no desire to keep cedar" — quoted Zimin his administration.

Chairman of the State Forest Committee of Khakassia Sergei Abramov at a meeting with the head of Khakassia reported that the damage to the industry, is now counted.

The expert committee, which resumed logging in the region included 12 experts of the Department of Forestry in the Siberian Federal District, Volga Federal District, FSI "Roslesresurs", FSUE "Roslesinforg" FBI "Roslesozaschita" and "Center for Forest Protection Krasnoyarsk Territory."

Bark-stenographer is a secondary pest that attacks only diseased trees. Scientists Sukachev Institute of Forest SB RAS, investigating the affected pine Khakassia, the main cause of the weakening of trees called the pathogenic fungi.

Cedar (siberian pine) occupy about 30% of the forests of Khakassia. Unlike cedar Far East (Korea), harvesting of which is completely prohibited by the Russian government in 2010, the Siberian pine can be cut down in defeat its pests, with the threat of further spread of the fire.

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