In the period 18-20 of August, an inspection was carried out on the implementation of the activities under the Contract for the application of environmentally friendly high-quality wood production according to the Saarland method. The forests in which the method is applied are administered by the State Forest Enterprises – Kosti and Malko Tarnovo and the State Hunting Enterprise – Gramatikovo.

Representatives of the Executive Forestry Agency, Northeast and Southeast State Companies were accompanied by the manager of the contractor company B&B Partners Ltd. eng. Martin Borisov. The directors of the forest enterprises where the contract is being implemented were also present.

A field visit was made to some of the forest stands allocated for environmentally friendly production of high-quality wood. The field work on most of forest stands has been completed by 80 to 100% at different locations.

Saarland method

The long-term goal of the innovative silvicultural practice, the Saarland method, is to grow high-quality timber in compliance with high environmental standards. It strikes a balance between the productive and protective functions of forests and relies on an individual approach to growing each tree.

Forest for the Lesser Spotted Eagle

The forests of Strandzha Mountain where the innovative forestry practice is applied are composed of broadleaf species, mainly beech and oak. Additional positive effect of using the Saarland method is the reduced disturbance of forest animal species. That enables successful breeding and rearing of the Lesser Spotted Eagle chicks and, in the future, the improvement of its habitat.

The application of the Saarland method is an activity implemented under the EU LIFE project “Conservation Measures for the Lesser Spotted Eagle and its habitats in Bulgaria”.