European Regional Development Fund
Ipoly Erdő Zrt. and its cross-border partner, LESY SR have successfully implemented cross-border project entitled “Helping natural forests together” (SKHU / 1601 / 1,1 / 010) within the INTERREG V-A Slovakia-Hungary Cooperation Program (http://www.skhu.eu).
The current project “Helping natural forests together” was a continuation of the successful HU-SK FOR FORESTS project in border regions. This project contributed to the further deepening of cooperation between Slovak and Hungarian foresters and brought together regional initiatives of partners in the interest of forestry and rural development.
During the two-year implementation process, partners sought to transform homogeneous existing forests into natural multi-species heterogeneous forest stands. Activities of the project were the implementation of such silviculture and protection measures that will ensure the requirements of society for sustainable economic development and for protection and social functions of forests.
Black locust stands that occupy large areas of slopes and mountains at Ipoly Erdő Zrt. endanger the natural forests, as a natural heritage. The project solves conversion of these black locust stands to the original oaks and Turkey oak stands by implementing new technologies and procedures. Hungarian foresters transforms about 1,000 hectares of black locust stands in 11 cadastres, and more than 500,000 oak seedlings were planted on 46 hectares. Thanks to the project, the youth generation can explore the world of the forest on wooden playground with the theme of life in the forest.
Thanks to the project, the youth generation can explore the world of the forest on wooden playground with the theme of life in the forest. The small forest playground of Ipoly Erdő Zrt. was built next to the village of Csővár, in a wonderful forest environment, opposite the Csővár castle.
Foresters of LESY SR continuously support the natural tree species by removing undesirable tree species and shrubs, managing increased target tree species protection against weed and forest animals and creating better life condition for their growth.
LESY SR created a forestry educational path not far from Banská Štiavnica, around Lake Počúvadlo.
Through the implementation of the project, forest playgrounds, a new educational trail, a forest rest area and recreational places were set up in Hungary and Slovakia, thanks to which the partners are convinced that domestic and cross-border tourism will increase and visitors will gain a knowledge about forest and foresters´ work.
The total budget of the project was 778 106.52 EUR, of which the lead partner Ipoly Erdő Zrt. used 411,324.20 EUR and LESY SR used 366,782.32 EUR to achieve the goals set in the project.