Useful Links on Russian Forests
If You know other Internet information sources on Russian forests and forestry or would like us to refer to your web-site, please
Note, all links to be opened in separate window of your brouser.
We would appreciate your reporting on dead links and changes in sites' location.
If You read Russian You can refer also to our Russian links page. Some important web resources on Russian forests and forestry do not have English pages yet and so are missed in this page.
Environmental NGOs Internet resources on Russian forests and forestry:
- Taiga Rescue Network
is an international network of non governmental organizations, indigenous peoples and nations working for the protection and sustainable use of the world's boreal forests. The Network is very active on Russian issues. A lot of useful information about Russian old-growth forests conservation, Russian timber trade and international timber companies could be found here.
- The Old-growth
Forests in Russia page supported by our Finnish friends and colleagues,
the Forest Campaign of
Luonto-Liitto - The Finnish Nature League, is one of the best English language
sources in the Internet on Russian old-growth forests. The site is focused primarely
on the North-Western Russia, mainly on the Karelia Republic, Luonto-Liitto people work
actively on the ground in collaboration with Russian NGOs. Background info, news
archive and nice photos are available.
We would also recommend You the
Luonto-Liitto Forest main page, which contains also interesting information about
old-growth forests in Finland, as far as about Finnish forest industry as it looks from
the point of view of environmental activists.
Also, if You read Finnish You could learn about other activities of
- The Forest Conservation Portal
supported by Forests.org, Inc.
provides forest and biodiversity conservation news & information allover the world,
and Russia. This is probably the best resourse on world forests conservation
in the Internet we know. According to their own definition, the mission of Forests.org
is to contribute to ending deforestation, preserving old-growth forests, conserving
all forests, maintaining climatic systems and commencing the age of ecological
Do not miss their Forest
Conservation Links section (separate site, in fact) - a reviewed forest conservation
links collection - best scientific & advocacy links by categories.
- Forest Frontiers Initiative
of the World Resources Institute.
Maps of frontier (=intact) forests of the World (Russia including) are available, as far
as The Last Frontier Forests
report and a lot of other useful information on the World forests. Particularly,
see the Europe and Russia
section for information on Russian forests.
The frontier forests maps published untill now by WRI are rather general and debatable,
at least as concerns Russia. Producing of more accurate maps is currently the subject
of the Global Forest Watch
initiative of the WRI. There is no report on Russia available yet. But it will be here.
is rather active working on Russian forest issues. Click "Russia" to read
a brief information about this activity in English. Unfortunately, a very informative
Forest Campaign's page is currently in Russian only.
(Student Corp) for Nature Conservation Movement known also as DOP Movement is the
oldest really independent environmental NGO movement in the former Soviet Union
active since 60s. Unfortunately, this English page is very brief and ugly.
You could learn more from the Russian
page of the Movement... if You read Russian ;-)
is one of the larges environmental umbrella type NGO in the former Soviet Union. Its
in fact supports this site.
- Pacific Environment & Recources
Center is the US based NGO working with a few forest projects in the Russian
Far East and Southern Siberia. Here You could find some information on the PERC's
projects, links, as far as purchase some reports on the issue.
Russian official Internet sources on Russian forests and forestry:
Central Base Web Server.
In fact this is currently probably the most interesting Russian official web resource on forests available in English. The server provides daily information about fire risk and fire status of forests. Low resolution satellite images of cloudiness over Russia and detected forest fires maps in REAL TIME are available! Some data have restricted access (for authorized users only). However, a lot of info is available for everybody.
"AVIALESOOKHRANA" is the state enterprise for taking care of forest fires and pest outbreaks. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the all country system had been dropped into separate enterprises, which are currently more or less independent. The Central Base is the central one of them.
- Krasnoyarsk Center for Forest Protection.
General information about Center; coloured guide to insect pests of Siberian forests; maps showing population density of our major pests
- Moscow City Forest Administration looks to be currently the only regional forest administration, which has English language web pages. Although it is a very specific case it may be
interesting as an example of such structures. There is the information available about the recreation options in the Moscow city forest parks and around, services description, clickable map and description of particular areas. May be interesting for nature lover forced to stay some days in the Moscow city.
- Arkhangelsk Forest Inventory Expedition.
The Arkhangelsk branch of the former SU forest survey system. Currently state but more or less independent company. Gather and store the official information on the forest resources of the Arkhangelsk Oblast, North-Western Russia. Among other enterprises of the same nature it is the only which has the English language Internet site we found. The site provides the list of info, which may be purchased, services available, contacts etc.
- Moscow State Forestry University is the leading Russian forestry high scool. The site itself is very formal and not very informative. A good example of old soviet style of presentation. The contacts are probably the most usefull part of the site.
- Finally we also have to mention the
site of the Russian Natural Resources Ministry altough it is totally in Russian since this is the main official source.
The site contains a lot of official information on different forest and other natural resources issues. Unfortunately we may only wait for English version of the site. The Ministry currently incorporates the former Fedral Forest Service. See
this section in our site for
more info on this.
Russian timber industry in the Internet
The LesExpert Center is a small company orginated from the
Central Scientific Research In-stitute of Mechanization and Power
Engineering of Forest Industry. Provides on commercial base documentation
on Russian standrds for round wood materials. The site is mainly in Russian,
excluding the page on the link.
- Arkhangelsk pulp and paper mill, JSC
is one of the largest consumer of pulp wood in Russian European North, as far as
a big timber product exporter to European market. The site is more or less
developed but some pages look brief and news look not updated too often. There is
information available about the mill, its products, news. And even pages on
environmental and social issues.
"Wood Industrialists of Vologda Region" is an asociation of a number of
logging companies in Vologda region, North of European Russia. The site provides brief
information about the association, its members and products.
- Ilim Pulp Group
is currently one of the largest Russian forest company, which includes such big mills like
Kotlas Pulp and Paper Mill (one of three largest in Arkhangelsk region, Russian European
North) and Bratsk Pulp and Paper Mill (one of the largest in Siberia) in Irkutsk region.
Rather detialed information on the company, products and some other useful stuff. However,
the site, at least its English part, looks to be still under construction and some
sections are still blank. So is particularly the Environmental Policy one.
Forest-Chemical Complex is rather big enterprise in Krasjoyarsk region, Central
Siberia, which produces fiberboards and other products from wood chips and small size saw
wood, as far as sawn materials. The site contains brief information about the company.
Pulp and Paper Mill is one of two largest pulp and paper mills in the Republic
of Karelia, Russian North-West, which produces of kraft paper, sack paper
and paper sacks. The site contains information about the company and its products.
- Siblesprom Ltd. A company
trading sawn materials from siberian larch. The site is rather small and focused mainly
on the products available for sale at the moment.
- Sputnik Ltd, The company on export of timber of Far East of Russia.
Forest Enterprise is the main timber processing enterprice in Komi Republic,
North of European Russia, which produces not only pulp and paper products but
also plywood and chipboards. The site is not very big but rather informative,
especially as concern volume and structure of products. Even the general structure
of export of different products is discribed. There is even comparison with
other largest pult and paper producers in Russia in terms of market share.
- JSC Syassky Pulp
and Paper Mills is located on Ladoga Lake eastwards from Sankt-Peterburg.
The information in the site is rather brief: history, location, characteristics of
Exportles, former Russian wood products export monopolist, still
is one of the big exporters of various timber products from Russia. The site is
very small. At the moment only one page with general information is available
- Wood from Russia
is the site supported by
The Cedars Company from Irkutsk region in Central Siberia. Although the company does
not look to be big, the site is updated actively as a billboard for trading
timber products, mainly from Siberia.
- WEINIG AG / Germany