New director appointed to the Russian Forestry Agency

Sergey Anoprienko has been appointed new director of the Russian Forestry Agency. Previously, Anoprienko served as Deputy Director of the State Property Agency (Rosimushchestvo) and has education in administration, management and economics. Ivan Valentik, who headed the Forestry Agency from 2014, resigned in June. He was particularly criticized for his inability to solve the problems of illegal logging. Sources: Minprirody, Kommersant

Raute delivers plywood mill for Segezha Group

Segezha Group has ordered from Raute Corporation machinery and equipment for a greenfield plywood mill to be set up in Galich, Kostroma region. The order is worth 58 million euros. The annual production capacity of the new mill will be 125 000 cubic meters, the production will start in 2021. Source: Raute Oyj

Preparation of new Forest Code starts in Russia

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation has launched a tender for expert work to start the preparation of new Forest Code. The work includes:  analysis of the current Forest Code and identification of key problems during its period of validity (2007-2019)  drawing up scientifically justified proposals for the preparation of the content of new Forest Code  proposals for necessary changes to other Russian legislation  an …

Regulation on softwood exports

Decree of the Russian Government 31.8. N 1124 1) introduces changes to the application procedure for a softwood quota license for Russian wood harvesting companies. Subsequently, the application for a reduced export duty quota must include the date and number of the timber trade notification to the monitoring system LesEGAIS. The purpose of the amendment is to improve the verification of wood origin and the transparency of timber trade. Government …

Biggest Russian forest fires are over

According to the regional authorities responsible for forest firefighting, 291 000 hectares are currently being burned, of which 34 000 are actively extinguished (situation 3.9). During 2019, forest fires have been estimated at a total area of ​​10.1 million hectares. According to the Russian Forestry Agency’s satellite monitoring, by the beginning of September, forest fires (hot spots) have been detected in an area of ​​15.9 million hectares, of which 9.9 …

Producer prices for roundwood in Northwest Russia May – July 2019

The average producer price* of softwood logs in Northwest Russia was EUR 38 per cubic meter in May-July 2019. The price of hardwood logs was 44 euros, hardwood rotary-cut veneer logs 47 euros, softwood pulp 23 euros and hardwood pulp 21 euros. The price of hardwood pulpwood for export markets was 23 euros. Producer prices for roundwood in Northwest Russia: There is no comprehensive statistical data available on market prices …

Roundwood production in Northwest Russia May – July 2019

According to statistics published by the statistics service Rosstat, wood production in Northwest Russia was 9.9 million cubic meters in May-July. Wood production increased by 12 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2018. Industrial wood accounted for 91 per cent of wood production in May-July. Log production accounted for 47 per cent and pulpwood for 33 per cent. Wood production in January-July 2019 totaled 28 million cubic meters, an …

Forests on agricultural land remain outside of practicing forestry

According to expert estimates, Russia has 70 million hectares of forests growing in former fields, i.e. agricultural land (“agricultural forest”) that is not managed or used. On several occasions, it has been suggested that practicing forestry should be made possible in these areas. For example, the common statement of Russian WWF and Greenpeace at the end of 2018 calls for legislative changes to allow private forestry (“lesnoe fermerstvo”) and forest …

Sveza Group starts own wood harvesting in Vologda region

Sveza Group has established a wood procurement company Sveza Resource LLC in the Vologda region. The initial capital is RUB 400 million (approximately EUR 5.7 million *). Wood procurement will start at the end of 2019, with investment of 270 million rubles (about EUR 3.9 million *) this year and a total of 1.5 billion rubles (about EUR 21 million *) by 2028. Another project related to the Sveza Group’s …

Lower limit of prosecution for illegal wood export

Timber is classified as a strategically important resource and its illegal export is subject to prosecution under Russian Criminal Code. Previously, the prosecution could have been brought if the value of illegally exported timber exceeded one million rubles (about € 13,700 *). Now the indictment limit has been lowered to 100,000 rubles (€ 1370 *). Firewood, roundwood, poles, sawnwood and sheet of veneer are classified as timber (4401, 4403, 4404, …

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