Mission

Durminskoye forest reserve (20,000 hectares) was founded in 1993 and till now it's the only reserve in Khabarovsk territory that combines two factors: 1) preserving flora and fauna of Ussuri taiga and 2) supervising restricted hunting for selected ungulates (hoofed animals) as per local legislation. The main overall objective of the reserve is preserving and adhering to rational use of area's natural resources, and engaging in the photography and video observation of its resident wildlife, most notably the highly endangered Amur tiger. Continued supervision of the area is paramount, i.e. unfortunately, as in other key tiger habitat areas, poaching and habitat loss (logging) remains a major threat for the Amur Tiger and other species such as Brown and Himalayan Black Bears. Managing the area not only requires man power and supervision, but diplomacy as well. The reserve successfully coexists with grants for small scale mining and logging, which are managed by the state.

The reserve's recent effort in ecotourism not only allows visitors to enjoy this beautiful taiga and its wildlife, but also helps sustain some of the local community with employment on the reserve, including some of the local Russian and indigenous Udeghe inhabitants of nearby villages such as Durmin. Eco-tourism is in its infancy in Far Eastern Russia and is an important effort for the reserve as it receives extremely limited funding from the state.