F: Forest resources
Forest resources - Forests cover 39.8% of the country’s area. The per capita forested area is 0.84 ha and timber resources — 136 m3 that is almost 2 times the average European level. Mainly valuable tree species grow in Belarus. The forest potential is rather high — the annual timber resources increment rate reaches 25 million m3. Forested areas and standing timber stock, including mature stands, are increasing. The forest is not only the source of timber, but it also performs multiple environmental functions (water protecting, water conservation, soil protection, assimilation, etc.), as well as sanitary and rehabilitation, recreation and rehabilitation functions. Belarusian forests play an important biosphere role and formidably contribute to ecological stabilisation in the East and Central Europe.
The Belarusian forests store significant natural resources of food, meliferous, medicinal, technical and other economically valuable plants. Mainly blueberry, cranberry, cowberry, bog bilberry, rowanberry, wild pear and high cranberry are harvested.
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