Promotional Forest Complexes

Promotional Forest Complexes are big and dense forest areas located in one or several forest districts. They were created in the whole country in order to show the variability of site conditions, the diversity of species composition and the multitude of forest functions. Within the framework of PFCs the foresters promote sustainable forest management, support scientific research and organize forest education.
10.10.2016

Promotional Forest Complexes are big and dense forest areas located in one or several forest districts. They were created in the whole country in order to show the variability of site conditions, the diversity of species composition and the multitude of forest functions. Within the framework of PFCs the foresters promote sustainable forest management, support scientific research and organize forest education.

The PFCs show that it is possible to reach the balance between the most important objectives of the forestry, i.e. forest management aimed at wood harvesting, nature conservation, scientific studies and widely comprehended education. The PFCs also prove that the sustainable multifunctional forest management counteract forest threats resulting from developing civilization.

New forest technologies are tested here and the Forest Service are trained. The results obtained from the research conducted in PFCs are implemented in each units of the State Forests.. Owing to PFCs, the principles of ecological development are disseminated in forests managed by the State Forests National Forest Holding.

The PFCs are also a forum for cooperation between theforesters and the society. Each PFC has its own scientific and social council consisting of the representatives of local authorities, non-government organizations, wood industry, local media, but also science experts and respectable members of local communities.

It is noteworthy that the idea of promotional forest complexes is extraordinary and indigenous promotion of ecological forestry. In Europe, the only cross-referential idea of model forests has been put forward in Sweden, whereas outside Europe there is a similar initiative in Canada, which was started a little earlier. The idea of creating PFCs has been widely recognized by European foresters and scientists.

Promotional Forest Complexes:

  1. PFC Lubuskie Forests
    Forest District Lubusko (RDSF Zielona Góra)
    Combined area: 32 135 hectares

  2. PFC Tucholskie Forests
    Forest Districts: Tuchola, Osie,  Dąbrowa, Woziwoda, Trzebciny (RDSF Toruń)
    Combined area: 84 140 hectares

  3. PFC Beskid Sądecki Forests
    Forest Districts: Piwniczna, Nawojowa (RDSF Kraków) 
    Other units: Forest Experimental Station in Krynica (University of Agriculture in Cracow)   
    Combined area: 32 051 hectares

  4. PFC Beskid Śląski Forests
    Forest Districts:  Bielsko, Ustroń, Wisła, Węgierska Górka (RDSF Katowice)
    Combined area: 39 883 hectares

  5. PFC Bieszczadzkie Forests
    Forest Districts: Baligród, Cisna, Lutowiska and Stuposiany (RDSF Krosno)
    Combined area: 69 500 hectares

  6. PFC Birczańskie Forests
    Forest District Bircza (RDSF Krosno) Combined area: 29 578 hectares

  7. PFC Dolina Baryczy Forests
    Forest Districts: Milicz, Żmigród (RDSF Wrocław) Combined area: 42 379 hectares

  8. PFC Elbląsko-Żuławskie Forests
    Forest District Elbląg (RDSF Gdańsk)
    Combined area: 18 827 hectares

  9. PFC Gostynińsko-Włocławskie Forests
    Forest Districts: Gostynin, Łąck (RDSF Łódź), Włoclawek (RDSF Toruń)
    Combined area: 53 093 hectares

  10. PFC Janowskie Forests
    Forest District: Janów Lubelski (RDSF Lublin)
    Combined area: 31 620 hectares

  11. PFC Mazurskie Forests 
    Forest Districts: Strzałowo, Spychowo, Mrągowo (RDSF Olsztyn), Pisz, Maskulińskie (RDSF Białystok)
    Other units: Research Station for Ecological Agriculture and Preservation of Native Breeds of the Polish Academy Of Sciences in Popielno 
    Combined area: 118 216 hectares

  12. PFC Olsztyńskie Forests
    Forest Districts: Olsztyn, Kudypy (RDSF Olsztyn)
    Combined area: 33 894 hectares

  13. PFC Oliwsko-Darżlubskie Forests
    Forest Districts: Gdańsk, Wejherowo (RDSF Gdańsk)
    Combined area: 40 907 hectares

  14. PFC Rychtalskie Forests 
    Forest Districts: Antonin, Syców (RDSF Poznań) 
    Other units: Forest Experimental Station Siemianice (University of Life Sciences in Poznań)
    Combined area: 47 992 hectares

  15. PFC Spalsko-Rogowskie Forests   
    Forest Districts:Brzeziny, Spała (RDSF Łódź)
    Other units: Forest Experimental Station in Rogów (Warsaw University of Life Sciences)
    Combined area: 34 950 hectares

  16. PFC Środkowopomorskie Forests 
    Forest Districts: Warcino, Polanów, Karnieszewice (RDSF Szczecinek)
    Other units: Municipal Forests of the City of Koszalin
    Combined area: 55 655 hectares

  17. PFC Warszawskie Forests
    Forests Districts: Drewnica, Jabłonna, Celestynów and Chojnów (RDSF Warszawa)
    Other units: Municipal Forests of the City of Warsaw
    Combined area: 48 572 hectares

  18. PFC Białowieża Primeval Forest 
    Forest Districts: Białowieża, Browsk, Hajnówka (RDSF Białystok)
    Combined area: 52 637 hectares

  19. PFC Knyszyńska Primeval Forest
    Forest Districts: Supraśl, Dojlidy, Krynki and Czarna Białostocka (RDSF Białystok)
    Combined area: 62 319 hectares

  20. PFC Kozienicka Primeval Forest 
    Forest Districts: Kozienice, Zwoleń, Radom (RDSF Radom)
    Combined area: 30 435 hectares

  21. PFC Niepołomicka Primeval Forest 
    Forest District Niepołomice (RDSF Kraków)
    Combined area: 11 000 hectares

  22. PFC Notecka Primeval Forest
    Forest Districts: Potrzebowice, Wronki, Krucz (RDSF Piła), Sieraków,
    Oborniki (RDSF Poznań), Karwin, Międzychód  (RDSF Szczecin)
    Combined area: 137 273 hectares

  23. PFC Szczecińskie Primeval Forests
    Forest Districts: Kliniska, Gryfino, Trzebież (RDSF Szczecin)
    Other units: Szczecin Municipal Forests, Educational Centre “Świdwie”
    Combined area: 61 070 hectares

  24. PFC Świętokrzyska Primeval Forest 
    Forest Districts: Kielce, Łagów, Suchedniów, Zagnańsk, Skarżysko (RDSF Radom)
    Combined area: 76 885 hectares

  25. PFC Sudety Zachodnie 
    Forest Districts: Szklarska Poręba, Świeradów (RDSF Wrocław)
    Combined area: 22 866 hectares

Total area of Promotional Forest Complexes - 1 267 803 hectares.