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Forestry in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone: Wrestling with an Invisible Rival

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After the Chornobyl (Chernobyl) accident, surrounding forests have served as a sink and long-term accumulator for radionuclides, preventing them from further migration. Never before has the challenge of forestry management under massive radiation impacts existed. The objectives of “Chornobyl Forest,” an enterprise responsible for forestry management within the most contaminated Exclusion Zone, not only prioritize the stabilization of radionuclides but also include the resumption of a forest-products industry. Besides the lack of scientific knowledge, the situation is aggravated by harsh budget constraints. Chornobyl Forest managed to tackle the most urgent problems and accumulate valuable experience.

Keywords: Chornobyl; environmental management; exclusion zone; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry management; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; radioactive contamination; reforestation

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: Graduate Engineer (M.Sc. in Forestry Management) a/s 165, Kyiv-42 Ukraine 01042, Email:

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
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