Chelyabinsk students are so ... environmentally friendly.
Damir Yanakhov on why he needs a forest and what function the relict forests of his native land perform
Why did you get involved in environmental initiatives? What inspires you?
Planting trees, for example. I am an ecologist by education. I went to the Faculty of Ecology purposefully to make the world in general and life in Chelyabinsk in particular a little better.
He began to engage in social activities in the fourth year.
It is inspiring about tree planting that it is perhaps one of the most affordable, yet highly effective ways to help the environment.
The ecological situation in Chelyabinsk is, of course, tense, and although there are no big problems with forests, I believe that it is necessary to plant forests whenever possible. My goal is to plant at least 100,000 trees.
What are your plans for the future?
I'm going to plant at least 10,000 trees every year. I also want to introduce a tradition at my home faculty: for freshmen to plant trees as an initiation into students. I think that in the near future I will succeed. It's great when you feel a sense of accomplishment to nature!
What are the interesting features of the nature of your region?
In the eastern part of the Chelyabinsk region, there are many so-called island pine forests, evergreen relics dating back to the Ice Age. They have survived in our forest-steppe and steppe zones. They are interspersed with evergreen islands or ribbons into birch-aspen outcrops, meadows and boundless steppes. The unusual shape of the pine forests is due to the location of acidic rocks on the surface or the presence of sedimentary sandy soils on which they grow. Now the size of the boars ranges from 0.7 (the smallest is Uzhovsky bor) to 295 (the largest is Sanarsky bor) square kilometers. But regardless of the area on which they grow, all pine forests are specially protected natural areas.
Their study allows you to look into the distant past and understand the process of the formation of local flora and fauna. Boras accumulate and regulate moisture runoff, soften our continental climate, and in the steppe zone perform an important function of field-protective plantations.
Boars have another very important role: their fragrant, fresh, ozonized and sterile air is truly healing. It is no coincidence that they are adjacent to medical institutions, houses and recreation centers for children and adults.