25 years Pro Silva Slovenia

28th November 2014, Nazrarje

The president of Pro Silva Slovenia Anton Lesnik together with Zoran Grecs and Prof. Jurij Diaci organised a meeting for the anniversary of Pro Silva, which was founded 25 years ago in Slovenia  “For Forests and People – 25 Years Pro Silva“ on 29th November 2014 in Nazarje.

About 50 participants from the Slovenian Forest Service (ZGS/SFS) as well as forest owners, especially from the Savinjska Region listened to the welcome addresses and some musical performances for the anniversary. There were also Toni Breznik (the head of regional unit Nazarje of Slovenia Forest Service), Marijan Denša (the head of department for silviculture of the Regional unit SFS Nazarje), Zoran Grecs (the head of department for silviculture of the Central unit of SFS in Ljubljana), Marija Kolšek (the head of forest protection of Central Unit of SFS), mag. Andrej Breznikar (the head of education of Central Unit of SFS) and Alja Zunter (the head of local unit).

Anton Lesnik, president of the section Prosilva Slovenia greeted the attendees with brief description of the formation of ProSilva 25 years ago, its performance in Slovenia and the importance of the principles of sustainability and efficiency in the management of forests and expressed gratitude to the founders. As important news the Pahernikova institution will become a member of Prosilva Slovenia, thanks to this decision and for help of Pahernikova institution and thanks to all the co-organizers of the meeting. Prof. Dr. Jurij Diaci greeted on behalf of the management ProSilva Europe and gave a brief outline of the structure and function ProSilva. - Dr. Eckart Senitza, vice president of Pro Silva Europe, greeted present on behalf of ProSilva and gave a brief outline of the structure, members and activities of ProSilva Austria as well as Pro Silva Europe.

In the second part there were some lectures on the selection of trees for felling:

Prof. Dr. Jurij Diaci gave a brief outline of the selection of trees for felling on the basis of silviculture for all stages of forest development in connection with the silvicultural principles of ProSilva. - Marijan Denša gave a lecture of practical experience in the selection of trees for felling, both strengths and difficulties.  

Dr. Eckart Senitza presented the aim, the principles of structural thinning, the criteria and number of trees to mark for cutting and some practical results.

Tone Lesnik put his focus on the communication process between forest owners and foresters.

Pro Silva Slovenia needs a new orientation and stronger focus to private forest owners due to the reorganisation of the Slovenian Forest Service and organisations.

After a visit of the forest museum in Nazarje an excursion followed to some plots and sample stands nearby.

This short visit convinced me in my efforts to support and promote bilateral meetings between the neighbour partners of Pro Silva in Europe. The next annual meeting will be held in the Czech Republic in September 2015.

(Eckart Senitza)

Professor Dušan Mlinšek celebrates his 90th birthday

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

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