FORESTRY AND GAME MANAGEMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The Forestry and Game Management Research Institute is engaged in finding solutions through research projects into forestry and wildlife management and helps put these project findings to practical use. It collaborates on international projects, provides expert and consulting activities for government bodies and forest owners, as well as field trials, publications, training courses and assessments. As part of the national programme for the protection and reproduction of the woodland genome it runs the National Forest Species Seed and Sapling Bank whose tasks include maintaining the biodiversity of forest ecosystems. The forestry research undertakenby the Institute also reflects topical and pressing issues, such as climate change and pollution stresses.
As an example, researchers from the Institute recently addressed the issue of how weather patterns over more than 40 years have affected the seed quality of Scots pine and Norway spruce. Forest cultivation experts in their turn have established a utilization methodology for the birch tree, previously regarded as just an undesirable invasive species. In fact, the birch tree fulfils a number of important woodland functions. The methodology acquaints foresters with production procedures and methods of cultivating birch stands. The Institute is engaged in many other projects, such as research for the national forest management enterprise Lesy České republiky, for the Military Forests and Estates Management Enterprise as well as participating in projects run by the Forestry and Timber Chamber, a member of the Agrarian Chamber of the Czech Republic.
FOR THE PUBLIC
- Participation in trade fairs, Researchers’ Night, Forestry Technology Day, Forest Week, Presentations for nursery and primary schools beyond the Institute grounds
- The www.lesaktualne.cz forest science popularization website