The head of the Federal forestry Agency has proposed to equate the fallen trees for Christmas trees

Deputy Minister of natural resources and ecology of the Russian Federation, head of Federal forestry Agency Ivan Valentine believes that the fallen trees should not be equated to non-timber forest resources. He said this in an interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”.

According to, a Valentine, disguised as a legitimate collecting brushwood often occurs in commercial harvesting and sale of timber. He believes that to solve this problem, the deadwood should recognize non-timber forest resource. Now this status has Christmas trees for which a special procedure of procurement and sales in the New year.

The official said that on consideration in the State Duma a bill, which will regulate the procedure for collection of dead wood for local residents and vacationers. It can be adopted during the autumn session.

In April 2016, it was reported on submitting to the state Duma a bill amending the Forest code, allowing citizens to gather dead wood free of charge.