Shatilov Forest

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Shatilov Forest

 

a forest area near the village of Mokhovoe, Orlov Oblast, RSFSR. Shatilov Forest consists of 17 sections, with a total area of 1,082 hectares (ha). The total area of forested land amounts to 918 ha, the main species being oak (47 percent), larch (13 percent), pine (11 percent), spruce (8 percent), birch (7 percent), and aspen (7 percent). Ash, maple, elm, and other species constitute 7 percent. There are 531 ha of planted timber stands. The forest was first planted in 1824, and many plantings from the 19th century have been preserved.

Shatilov Forest was one of the first forests to be planted to combat soil erosion in a steppe region and therefore has considerable practical and scientific significance in field protection. The forest was named in honor of I. N. Shatilov, a prominent figure in agriculture who played a large role in the development of the forest.

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