Ministry of State Property maps.

Forest plan of the Crown estate Kovaliovshizna. Printed.
Russian title: Лесохозяйственный план казенного имения Ковалевщизна.
Date: 1841.
Location: Location: Petersburg, Russian State Historical Archive (RGIA), Class 387, inventory 1, file 499.
Standard for forest charting prepared by Forest Dept. of Ministry of State Property. Plan was sent to all forestries over the country together with the printed sample of forest statistics and instructions (see documents 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). The efforts on standardizing forest mapping and statistics were done in order to build a countrywide mechanism for forest surveying and management. One of the best known results of these efforts is the next map.

A Map to Revise State of Forests and Forestry in Russia.
Russian title: Карта для обозрениэ лесов и лесной промышленности в России.
Date: 1849
Location: Russian State Library
Considered to be the first printed forest map of the European Russia. Compiled by Forest Department of the Ministry of State Property. This map is the most known result of a series of efforts on forest cartography and statistics of Forest Dept. (see previous map and documents related to it). The map is reproduced from Russian language article of M. Tsvetkov (First Forest Map of European Russia. Minutes of Forest Institute, Moscow, 1950), [Russian: Перваэ карта лесов Европейской России и некоторые рукописные карты лесов. Труды института леса. 5, 1950]. Besides this printed map there is about one hundred manuscript maps of gubernia (administrative area) forests all over the country stored in the RGIA.

Atlas of Forest Statistics by M. Karyshev. St.Petersburg, 1885. 18 maps.
Russian title: Атлас по лесной статистике.
Date: 1885.
Location: published versions may be found in Map Departments of main libraries such as Russian State Library (former Lenin Library) in Moscow, and, probably, in Russian National Library (former Saltykov-Shedrin Library) in Petersburg, Library of Academy of Sciences in Petersburg and others.
Shows official data of the Ministry of State Property on the distribution of forests in European Russia, state, common and private forests, taxation, prices etc.

Forest map of the northern part of Pereslavl'-Zalesskii uezd.
Russian title: Карта лесных дач, расположенных к северу, северо-востоку и северо-западу от г. Переславля в районе Плещеевского и Борисовского лесничеств Переславского уезда Владимирской губернии.
Date: 1920.
Location: my personal belonging.
Though done after 1918 when the Ministry of State property had been dismissed, this map bears the very tradition of  the "old regime" forest cadastre. Sample of forest map having very much in common with modern forest cadastre. It is unclear for me if there was any Forest service at that time in the country.  (I never done XX century history).

Forestries are shown in colour, forest parcels - in numbers. Such maps are accompanied by forest data evaluation - tabular statistics of forest quiality in each parcel.

Ministry of State Property papers.

About the compilation of the soil knowledge guide. Last page of the letter of the secretary of Forest Dept. of the Ministry of State Property to the Forestry Officer Bredov.
Russian title: О составлении руководства к почвопознанию.
Date: 1845.
Location: Petersburg, Russian State Historical Archive (RGIA), Class 387, inventory 1, file 5038. p. 24.
Forestry officer Bredov was chosen to write the first Russian guidebook on soil science for forestry students and officers. Letter written to him describes the opinion of the Minister of State Property Comte Kiselev on how it must be written. the main wish of the Minister was that the book was to follow the ideas of several foreign scientists named in the letter (lines 6-8). Unfortunately, I was unable to read half of the names.

Program of the 2-nd part of a course on soil science (soil knowledge, to be exact!).
Russian title: Программа второй части курса почвопознанию.
Date: 1845.
Location: Petersburg, Russian State Historical Archive (RGIA), Class 387, inventory 1, file 5038.
Result of the efforts of forest officer Bredov (see previous file). He wrote the 1st part of the book in a very speedy course and also the program of the 2nd part. I am going to check in the library if there are any books of Bredov on soil, soil chemistry or geology published.

Next 5 documents and the map are together the first official standard set by the Ministry of State Property for forest officers responsible for forest statistics and management of Crown forest estates.

(1) Economic description of forests of the Crown estate Kovakevshizna.
Russian title:
Date: 1845
Location: Petersburg, Russian State Historical Archive (RGIA), Class 387, inventory 1, file 499.
Upper page of a file with three inventories and a map. All these documents were printed out in order to give a sample of forest statistics to all forestries all over the country. Considered to be the first official standard of forest evaluation.

(2) Official price on pine timber.
Date: 1845
Location: Petersburg, Russian State Historical Archive (RGIA), Class 387, inventory 1, file 499.

(3) Description of forest with calculation of income.
Date: 1845
Location: Petersburg, Russian State Historical Archive (RGIA), Class 387, inventory 1, file 499.
Sample and instructions on filling in forms.

(4) Basic principles of forest classification and evaluation.
Date: 1845
Location: Petersburg, Russian State Historical Archive (RGIA), Class 387, inventory 1, file 499.
Sample and instructions how to classify forests of a Crown forest estate and calculate it's income.

(5) Sample of forest data evaluation. (750 Kb!)
Date: 1845
Location: Petersburg, Russian State Historical Archive (RGIA), Class 387, inventory 1, file 499.
Sample and instructions how to classify forests of a Crown forest estate and calculate it's income.