Forests in Russia
U.N. FAO reports describe that forests in Russia cover around half of this largest country in the world. Total area of this northern Eurasia country is described as 17,075,400,000 hectares and it has forests on nearly 49.4% of its total land. FAO reports claim that 809,090,000 hectares area of Russia is covered by forests. Near around 256,482,000 hectares area of overall forest cover area of Russia is classified as primary forest in the country which becomes nearly 31.7 percent of forest reserves.
It’s said about forests in Russia that the country has more or less 16,991,000 hectares area of their forest/jungle reserves as planted forest. The country is worldwide known for its high biodiversity. The forests in Russia are categorized among most carbon-dense forests round the world. U.N. FAO stats about Russian forest reserves claim that this Eurasian country have lost overall 140,000 hectares area from 1990 to 2010. The average loss to Russian forest reserve per year is described as 7,000 hectares.
Change in deforestation rate in Russia is significantly lower and has been negligible in the past two decades. U.N. FAO report also describes that carbon in living forest biomass in Russia is near around 32,500 million metric tons. There’re thousands of recorded animal and plant species in forests in Russia and that’s why these forest reserves are considered among most biodiverse areas on the Earth. These forest reserves in Russia are considered as the permanent residence of nearly 11,400 species of plants. This is so far recorded figure and still some of these forest reserves are to explore by researchers.
Russian forests are home of 780 bird species and 266 mammal species. The researchers have explored a total of 415 animal species so far in Russian jungles. U.N. FAO stats show that 5.4 percent of these forest reserves in Russian Federation are protected under categories I to V of IUCN.