Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is the species being planted in this project.

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is the species being planted in this project. Credit: Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org

Location:
Moscow Region, Russia

Key Activities:

  • Planting 12,000 trees across seven acres
  • Restoring an ecosystem damaged by wildfire

Project Description:
In conjunction with the Russian Carbon Fund, Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are planting 12,000 pine trees in the Moscow Region of Russia to reforest an area damaged by wildfire.

Why This Project:
A 2010 wildfire burned more than 247,000 acres in the Moscow Region of Russia, destroying wildlife habitat and popular recreation sites for the densely populated region. The 12,000 pine trees being planted in this project are helping the ecosystem recover from this wildfire, while also providing the long-term benefits of carbon sequestration and air quality improvement to Russia’s second most-populous region. In addition, the plantings and subsequent care and monitoring are providing jobs for the local community, while also providing protection for non-timber forest products — including wild mushrooms, berries, cones and more — to grow and mature for added economic benefits.

Why the Moscow Region:
Approximately 40 percent of the Moscow Region is covered by forestland. The forestlands being restored through this project have been declared as “Protected Forests of Moscow” by the Federal Forestry Agency, which means that no logging, building or farming is allowed. More than 300 rivers also traverse the region. Beyond the seven million people who live in the region, Moscow is home to dozens of mammal species, more than 170 species of birds and a handful of aquatic and amphibian species.

Interested in the other Russia reforestation projects in which we’ve been involved? Check out our Russia Global ReLeaf projects.