The Siberian network ‘Forest Guardians’ is the South Siberian branch of the all-Russian movement 'We Revive our forest'. This movement unites those, who plant new forest and work towards creation of other green areas, and also those, who want to join such activities. Groups, organizations as well as individuals can become members of the network. Today, the Forest Guardians consist of 15 ecological school groups from Novosibirsk region and Altai province. Every year they plant altogether 10 000 seedlings, support the management of 10 valuable forest sites and carry out anti-rubbish and other socially important projects. In South Siberia the network is growing continuously. In May 2008 three more children’s ecological groups from Altai and one from Novosibirsk region joined in.
There are 10 coordinating centres of the movement in different parts of Russia. In these centres the members can receive methodical help of all sorts (how to plant and take care of seedlings, where to get planting materials from etc.), get to know other members from their own region and propose any ideas for the movement’s development.
If you wish to become a member in the movement, fill in the form ‘Application to join the Movement'.The information you give (despite addresses, emails and phone numbers) will appear on the movement’s official website and on the website of Forest Guardians, so that other members will know about your existence.
Aims of the ‘Forest Guardians’ network:
• Unite children around the idea of forest revival in South Siberia
• Teach them the basics of forest ecology and the special skills needed for practical nature conservation work in protecting valuable forests and carrying out other ecological projects
• Develop and support the independent work of ecological groups on forest protection and regeneration
• Develop skills of cooperation, leadership and effective group work
Concluding Winter Meeting 16.-18.1.2009 NEW!
The Summer Forest School is an educational expedition for the members of the network ‘Forest Protectors’ (Khraniteli lesa), organized annually (in 2008, for the 3rd time) by the Siberian Environmental Center. During one week the pupils, teachers and students from the Novosibirsk institutions for higher education mastered new areas of information and obtained skills useful for practical forest regeneration and nature conservation work.
The number of participants has been growing every year. In 2006 they were 75, in 2007 – 100, and in 2008 again 100. Summer School is the favorite time of the ‘Forest Protectors’, there they find new friends and new knowledge.
And even the mosquitoes, the inseparable part of the two previous schools in the Bolotinsk region, were absent. Shared difficulties unite us! It was almost a pity that they were not there this year… In the Altai Mountains mosquitoes practically do not exist. A joke, of course; it was not a pity at all!
The idea of the School seemed useful also to our colleagues in other regions. The Forest Programme of Greenpeace Russia organized two Schools for children from the central European part of Russia, covering more than 50 schools. The expectations for the Schools were exceeded; practically all the participating schools planned their own forest regeneration project, which are currently being realized. In 2008 the Forest School in the European Russia started on 8th August.
The Summer Forest School 2008 was located close to Chemal, on the camping area of a tourist company ‘Mlechnyi put’ (Milky Way) close to the place where the rivers Kuba and Chemal join each other. The company speacializes in ecotourism. (photo)
Duration: 16th July-24th July 2008.
This year Siberian Environmental Center was helped in the organization of the Forest School by several partners – the West Siberian filial of the agency ‘Roslesinforg’, Greenpeace Russia, Geblerovsk ecological community, the fund for sustainable development of the Altai region Fund ‘Altai-21’, ‘Sibirtelekom’, and the tourist company ‘Mlechnyi put’. The previous Summer Forest Schools have been supported by the World Resource Institute, a German fund MNS, West Siberian forestry enterprise, and the Bolotinsk local administration of the Novosibirsk region.
Tasks of the Summer Forest School 2008 included: (plan) (daily programme)
• Introduction of basic forestry technology to the participants
• Increase the participants’ knowledge about local forms of tourism and teach them how to assess the state and quality of the local ecosystems
• Through a training system, teach the participants to work effectively together
The School programme included also other educational activities, excursions, games improving co-operational and leadership skills, and introduction to the special qualities of the forest ecosystem of the Altai Mountains and to the forestry practices in the Altai republic.
The participants of the School organized an action to clean the shores of the river Chemal, of which the local paper, ‘Chemal Bulletin’ wrote an article (Russian).
Participants of the Summer Forest School
Pupils of 12-16 years of age and active in the field of forest protection and forest regeneration were invited to join the Summer Forest School. Also pedagogues from forestry institutes and ecological groups as well as university students were invited to act as volunteer teachers.
'We revive our forest' bulletin, Greenpeace Russia, September 2008. (Russian, pdf-version, 1,2 Mb).