Bikin National Park, with a total area of 1.16 million hectares, is being established in the Pozharsky Municipal District of the Primorye Territory.
The Ministry of Natural Resources drafted this document in line with the President’s instructions (item 5 – No. Pr-2624 – on the list of instructions of 7 November 2013, item 2 – No. Pr-729 – on the list of instructions of 18 April 2015).
The document contains the Ministry’s decision to establish Bikin National Park (hereinafter referred to as the National Park) on a total area of 1.1605 million hectares in the Pozharsky Municipal District of the Primorye Territory.
The creation of the National Park is envisaged by the Concept for the Development of the System of Specially Protected Natural Territories of Federal Importance up to 2020 (approved by Government Resolution No. 2322-r of 22 December 2011).
The National Park is being established to preserve the unique natural areas of one of the northern hemisphere’s last virgin cedar-broadleaf forests along the middle and upper reaches of the Bikin River that are relicts of pre-glacial broadleaf forests and have never been cut. The territory is home to 51 species of mammals and 194 species of birds, including those listed in the Red Data Book. One of the last habitats of the Amur tiger (10 percent of its global population) is also located there.
During the National Park’s zoning, more than 68 percent of its territory will be placed at the disposal of indigenous peoples for traditional use.
The materials of ethno-cultural, environmental and socio-economic study of the territory that justify granting the national park status were endorsed by the state environmental expert report.
The adopted decision creates the legal foundations for the special protection of the natural areas and facilities on the territory of Bikin National Park.