Former collective farm fields, which are overgrown with forests, will be searched in 15 Russian regions in 2023. Unaccounted for forests are likely to be identified in Bashkiria and the Omsk region. This was reported to TASS in the press service of Roslesinforga (a forest accounting institution of Rosleskhoz).
“This year, work to identify forested fields will be carried out on the territory of 15 regions, the total survey area will be 118.8 million hectares. The largest in terms of area will be held in the Amur Region, in the Komi Republic and in the Khabarovsk Territory. However, here the area of agricultural land is no more than 9% of the area of the regions, so the chance to find unaccounted for forests is small. But in Bashkortostan and the Omsk region, where the share of agricultural land reaches 57% of the region’s area, such finds are more than likely,” the report says.
The work will be carried out by 85 Roslesinforg field teams from 33 regional branches, with the exception of the regions bordering Ukraine, where work will not be performed this year.
Last year, Roslesinforg began work on the second cycle of state forest inventory. This will allow an analysis of overgrown land to assess the potential for forestry in such areas. The work was carried out in 27 regions, where 13.2 million hectares of forested fields were discovered. As previously reported, the area of agricultural land overgrown with forests may turn out to be five times larger than state statistics take into account. from the moment of registration of the property right, the right holder will declare this to the Rosselkhoznadzor.