Sverdlovsk region receives $22 million for forestry fees in 2013
The budget surplus has allowed for upgrades in foresting and nursery materials for 2014, Ural Business Consulting reports.
The Forestry Department's press service also reported that foresting areas in the Sverdlovsk region were four times smaller in 2013 than in 2012. Meanwhile, 70 percent of forest fires started during the year were extinguished on the same day, and 87 percent of fires were put out within the first 24 hours.
Similarly, illegal logging decreased by 19 percent compared to 2012.
"In 2014, reducing the amount of illegal practices within the framework of the government forestry policy will be our main forestry management challenge," the department's press service said, according to Ural Business Consulting. "Starting on April 1, 2014, 297 additional officials from 31 forestries of Sverdlovsk Region will be given the authority to engage in federal firefighting surveillance activity.
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