Forest days

The year 1995 can be considered as the revival of the Forest days, when, then the President of State Guntis Ulmanis, together with schoolchildren from Ķekava, participated in forest restoration event in Jūrmala forest district. In 2003, the tradition was restored that started during the first independence of Latvia – participation in events of the Forest days by the highest level State officials, the President of State, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga addressed representatives of the forestry sector and all Latvia’s people at the central event of the Forest days, at the Dome squire. In the coming years, the tradition to organize the Forest days became more popular and gained more and more support from the society therefore, in 2005 a Committee of the Forest days was established in order to enhance interest and knowledge about the forest and awareness of a sustainable forest management necessity, creating a confidence that the forest is the concern and responsibility of the entire nation, in general and every individual, in particular. The Committee is chaired by the Minister of Agriculture. This Committee is composed of the Minister of Education and Science, the Minister of Environment, chairman of Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, also well-known and respected specialists from forestry sector – Indulis Kovisārs, president of Latvian Forest Industry Federation, Juris Biķis, businessman, Aivars Berķis, publicist, Inesis Biķis, president of the Forest Owners Association and Zigurds Saliņš, professor of the Forest Faculty of the Latvian Agricultural University.

At the 80th anniversary of the Forest days (2008), Valdis Zatlers, then the President of Latvia took upon himself responsibilities of the patron of the Forest days. Andris Bērziņš, currently the President of Latvia, continued the tradition and also took upon himself responsibilities of the patron of the Forest days and expressed his support to the movement of the Forest days in Latvia.