Semey Ormany, The Gulf Observer: The Semey Ormany nature reserve has commenced the crucial task of removing burned trees as part of its comprehensive recovery efforts, announced Yerlan Nyssanbayev, the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan.
In response to the devastating wildfires in 2023, the Ministry promptly established an emergency headquarters, bringing together representatives from territorial forestry and wildlife inspection, experts from the Semey Ormany nature reserve, administration of the Abai region, and law enforcement agencies. Together, they formulated a roadmap to guide the systematic elimination of the aftermath of the wildfires.
According to foresters, the scorched trees are now susceptible to insect infestations, posing a threat to the remaining healthy trees. To curtail the spread of these insect outbreaks and salvage the unaffected trees, a monumental task lies ahead— the removal of fire-damaged trees, estimated to be up to 6 million cubic meters, as highlighted by Minister Nyssanbayev during the Government Hour at the Majilis.
Of particular concern is that 80% of the burned trees consist of raw fuel material, underlining the urgent need to establish a burnt timber cycling plant. Minister Nyssanbayev emphasized the critical importance of this initiative for both ecological and economic reasons.
Four companies have already expressed interest in participating in the burnt timber cycling plant project, signifying a positive response from the private sector. Their involvement is expected to play a pivotal role in the successful implementation of the project and the overall recovery of the Semey Ormany nature reserve.
As the removal of burned trees progresses, the Semey Ormany nature reserve is taking essential steps towards rehabilitation, reaffirming its commitment to safeguarding the biodiversity and ecological balance of the region. The ongoing recovery efforts underscore the collective dedication to mitigating the environmental impact of wildfires and fostering sustainable practices in the face of ecological challenges.