Work has started around Konya Meke Lake. With the studies carried out to determine the water resources of the trees in the arid areas on Lake Tuz, the trees that will survive after 30-40 years will be determined and planted.
Prof. Dr. Oktay Yıldız, Lecturer at Düzce University Faculty of Forestry, continues his studies to determine the trees that will survive in the future around Konya Meke Lake, which is located in the Lake Tuz basin.
On the Lake Tuz, studies are being carried out to determine the water resources of trees in arid areas. With the studies carried out, it is tried to predict which tree species will survive in the next 30-40 years in the region and according to him, it is aimed to direct afforestation already.
Prof. Dr. Oktay Yıldız, who stated that they had a project evaluating the afforestation studies in the region before and that they published it, said, "What we see here is the following: The structure of the water transmission pipes in the grass is different in species such as pine and cedar, which we call needle species, and the structure of water transmission pipes in leafy species is different. Of course, when the seedlings planted 30 years ago reached the age of 7-8, we saw that the leaves began to dry from the top. Because the water level 30 years ago is not the same as the water level now. When you go down even further, it becomes difficult for these growing seedlings to transmit water to their tops, and gaps form in the transmission pipes of the leaves. So we observed drying at the extreme ends of some of them. Here, too, a prediction emerges that pines, cedars and other needle species will grow a little more. Therefore, based on the clues we obtained from our previous studies, we presented this study to TÜBİTAK and also to the European Union together with the ministry. We try to predict the next 30-40 years when we see which species, at what age, at what depth water it uses predominantly, and when some of them suddenly go down after the age of 15, the increase in growth and the change in the survival rate. "We're trying to predict which species we use now so that the vast majority of the species we use in the future will survive. According to him, we already want to direct afforestation."