Professor Dušan Mlinšek, the spiritus mentor of Pro Silva Europe, celebrates his 90th birthday on 30th September this year. We wish Professor Mlinšek the very best and congratulate him on this special occasion.
Establishing Pro Silva at Robanov Kot, Savinja Valley, Slovenia, 22nd September 1989
Since the 1960’s there have been regular exchanges between the chairs of silviculture from universities in Ljubljana, Munich, Zürich and Nancy advocating Close-to-Nature forestry that was drawn on the inspiration from virgin forests. On 22nd September 1989, after an excursion to the forests in the Savinja Valley, a group of foresters interested in Close-to-Nature forestry ideas gathered in a remote farmhouse and established our association, Pro Silva. A group of forest practitioners from Germany (ANW) simultaneously also supported the same management principles. Therefore, Professor Dušan Mlinšek merged the two groups together. This combined group grew greatly as other European foresters who shared the same ideas joined in. In 1989, Professor Mlinšek invited fellow academics and foresters (i.e. Hilmar Schoepffer and Brice de Turckheim) to Slovenia to establish a European-wide movement, which gave rise to Pro Silva.