Samarskaya Luka

Samarskaya Luka. Credit: By Сергей Владимирович/Wikimedia Commons

Samarskaya Luka

Samarskaya Luka. Credit:

Samarskaya Luka National Park, Samara, Russia

Key Activities:

  • Planting 500 trees across two acres
  • Restoring an ecosystem damaged by wildfire

Project Description:
Working alongside the Training Center for Ecology and Safety, Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are planting 500 trees in the Russian national park Samarskaya Luka to restore vegetation lost to wildfire.

Why This Project:
In 2010, a wildfire badly damaged more than 1,000 acres of Russia’s Samarskaya Luka National Park. To restore some of the burned area, this project is working with volunteers — including local students — to plant a combination of pine, birch and maple trees. By involving volunteers in the planting, the project aims to educate local residents about the importance of Samarskaya Luka to their health and well-being and to the surrounding environment, while also teaching them how to become good forest stewards.

Why Samarskaya Luka National Park:
The only national park in the Samara region of Russia, the 300,000-plus-acre Samarskaya Luka contains more than 1,000 plant species and hundreds of animal species. The park is full of microclimates, unique landforms and geological formations, making it an important site for visitors and researchers alike. It is also a prime recreation spot in the area.

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