During the late winter days, we successfully finished the collection of increment cores from the numbered sample trees as a part of the research tasks related to the monitoring of the improved groundwater management. By measurement of the annual tree ring widths on the cores taken with an increment borer, our aims are to prove the benefits of the LIFE Action on the growth and health condition of the common alder and pedunculate oak stands.

An important objective of the sampling design was to carry it out before the spring sap flow begin to alleviate this way the risk of any long lasting damages and infections to trees because of the drilled wounds on the stem. In addition to the proper timing, bored holes were treated with fungicidal sealer gel, usually used on garden trees after pruning.

  

 

Echo TV interviewed László Horváth about the project, which, together with previous reports, was broadcast in the Green World show.

You can watch the video at the link below: http://www.echotv.hu/video/125297/20171103_Zold_Vilag

In cooperation with the Local Group in Nagykanizsa, the Hungarian Forestry Association organized its study trip in the Kaszó forest. In addition to presenting the public welfare facilities of KASZÓ Zrt, a guided tour of the forestry professional programs was held, presenting the work that had been done and highlighting the positive effect that the KASZÓ-LIFE project has had on the forests.

 

With the project for LIFE16 NAT/HU/000599 - OAKEYLIFE "Multilevel and multisite complex restauration of key ecosystem services of the calcareous sand forest steppe habitat" the KEFAG Kiskunság Forestry and Wood Industry company visited KASZÓ Zrt. We assisted them with administrative tasks related to the application, and then we went out to the KASZÓ-LIFE project area together and showed them the kinds of conservation intervention actions that we had made at the sites.

   

In 2017, KASZÓ Zrt was the location of the National Forestry Association’s 148th meeting. One of the professional field programs was the presentation of the KASZÓ-LIFE project, where forestry experts from all over the country came to know the project goals, the work done, and the results achieved so far.

Following the greeting and general information presented by László Horváth, the tour started from Lake Kűvölgy #1, then proceeded along the Forestry educational path touching Lakes #2 and #3. At the stops, Kitti Szalai talked about the tasks that had been performed at each site. Following this, the colleagues of NAIK ERTI talked about surveys and the survey results in the monitoring areas.  During the viewing of Lake #4, the works performed on invasive species extermination and on Lakes Bükk and Baláta were presented. For the last stop, the participants were able to view a mederbor. The program completed by returning to Lake Kűvölgy #1.

 

 

On the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the LIFE program, we visited the local elementary school, where a class had come from on May 24th, 2017, for a birthday party connected with a tour.

Children passed through the 10 stops of the "Erdőkerülő" education trail to get to know the KASZÓ-LIFE project, forestry tasks, nature conservation, and wildlife management.

The damp weather did not dampen their spirits, they listened to the presentation very attentively, and eating the birthday cake further raised their spirits.