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Bashneft Plants Over 240,000 Conifer Seedlings in 2020

12 January 2021

Bashneft (an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company) planted over 240,000 conifer seedlings across the Republic of Bashkortostan in 2020. The implementation of Bashneft’s forest restoration programme at the Birsky zoological reserve will facilitate an increase in the population of the white-tailed eagle red-listed in Russia. Oil workers planted more than 17,000 trees in the reserve.

The Birsky reserve is situated within the Birsky, Dyurtyulinsky, Buraevsky and Mishkinsky districts of Bashkortostan. A wide strip of young spruce forest planted by Bashkir oil workers will soon screen the tall deciduous forest where the white-tailed eagle traditionally nests during the hatching season away from the disturbing human activity on the banks of the Belaya River. The newly created patch of coniferous forest will also encourage the growth of small mammals, which will expand the endangered predator’s food base. About 400 species of European and Siberian fauna inhabit the territory of the Birsky Reserve, including the European mink, otter and several bird species, all red-listed.

Bashkir oil workers planted 34,000 pine seedlings in the Krykty Nature Park under development in Abzelilovsky district of the Republic. The new trees are intended to preserve the original landscape of the area, the singularity of which has been noted by the Academy of Sciences of Bashkortostan and the World Wildlife Fund.

Bashneft has engaged experts in the field of forest resource reproduction to ensure that the trees take maximum root. They helped carry out a comprehensive assessment of the soil, climate and fauna at all the locations to be planted, which allowed the optimum species to be selected.

Bashneft intends to continue its large-scale activities on forest restoration across the Republic in 2021.

Note for Editors:

The white-tailed eagle is the fourth-largest bird in Europe in the hawk family. Adults have a wingspan of up to 2.3 metres. The territory required by a pair of these eagles can extend from 25 through 80 kilometres. The bird’s life span in the wild can amount to as much as 27 years. The species is listed in the Red Book of Russia.

Rosneft
Information Division
January 12, 2021