University Forest Administration and Management Fund
The University Forest Administration and Management Fund is a legal entity of public law, founded with the aim to administer and manage the forests of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; that is, the University Forest in Pertouli, Trikala and the University Forest in Taxiarchis, Chalkidiki. The Aristotle University was officially allowed to use the above forests in 1934, with the aim to provide students of the Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment with training, conduct forest studies and research, establish model forest farms and develop model forest management methods.
The University Forest Administration and Management Fund:
- supports the practical training programme offered to students of the Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment, undertakes the maintenance and cleaning of the building facilities at the university forests (an area of 0.35 hectares in each forest), and provides the necessary material and technical infrastructure
- produces and implements 10-year plans for managing and developing the university forests, increasing their productivity and achieving maximum sustainable yield in accordance with the relevant legislation
- produces and trades forest products (fir and oak timber, charcoal, firewood, etc.)
- undertakes forest tasks, such as building forest roads, creating nurseries and carrying out reforestation activities, harvesting the forest, upgrading forest areas and carrying out infrastructure projects (constructing roads, building drains, bridges, reservoirs and water supply networks, conducting ground water seep collection and removal works, etc.)
- carries out activities with the aim to develop its property, adopting multi-purpose forestry policies (developing forest recreation sites, operating a forest museum, organizing conferences, offering environmental education programmes, etc.)
- guards and protects forest ecosystems from fire, illegal woodcutting, illegal grazing, illegal hunting, etc.
- supports and funds forest studies and research, providing the necessary material and technical infrastructure
- provides farmers living near the forests in Pertouli and Taxiarchis with know-how for model farming practices (Christmas trees, forest ornamental plants, forest fruit, etc.)
- promotes tourism development in mountainous Chalkidiki and new forest farming practices to help local populations support themselves and encourage them to continue to reside in their villages.