The first part of the works of forestry, which is a high priority part of our project, draws to an end. The removal of the invading species of trees began on 325 hectares in September last year, and then the bigger blank areas were planted with native tree species. Once we finish the works in the spring, the woods of Nagykőrös are going to become rich with 60 hectares native afforestation. Also, we are building fences, in order to guard the young plantations against the destruction of numerous fallow deer, deer and wild boars.
The autumn logging concerned mainly the plantations of the black locust and pine trees, and the sparse entities of black locust, black cherry, green ash, boxelder and other invasive tree species that had spread among the oak. All the works were implemented with the maximum care, as far as possible, without depleting the oaks, dallying the soil and depleting the herb stratum and native shrub stratum. The picture of Csókás wood has changed greatly after getting out the invading species: there are smaller-bigger clearing in the oaks, and of course several areas became treeless. The afforestation of the latter began in the autumn and the thawing in spring the works will go on.
Although in some places, where the previous standing timber were locust of young shoot origin (8 hectares in total) we applied deep ploughing, that is, the typical method of afforestation on the lowlands, in the generality of areas (50 hectares) we dug 30-40 cm deep, parallel tracts, and in these were planted the young saplings of grey poplar and other inland poplars, pedunculate oak, wild pear, field maple and European spindle.
Fortunately, not even the winter weather could hold up the cleaning works, as twig burning, which follows autumn cutting up works, can be done in winter as well. However, we cannot sit back after finishing the autumn-winter works. Once we finish the planting in the spring, we must immediately start the follow-up treatments of the afforestations. It takes from cutting off the overgrowing young shoots of the cutout locust tree-stumps in the summer to spraying of shoots of invading species of trees in the autumn. The replacement of the young plantations, which might have been ruined, will take place in the autumn too. We hope the weather will be nice and the drought doesn't make our job more difficult, so most of the young plantations can live the autumn.
Parallel to the planting permanent fences and electric fences to keep out game were also being built. Because of the high density of game in the woods of Nagykőrös, unfortunately, the fences are necessary to be successful with the afforestation and also in order to give a chance to the natural renewal of oaks – the survival of young seedlings of acorn origin.
In the short break of the works between autumn-winter and spring we thank the NEFAG Corp. – Forestry of Pusztavacs and Forest L.P. Ligre Ltd. for their job.