Volunteers of the seventh season of the North-West Integrated Expedition of the Russian Geographical Society "Gogland" visited the island of Bolshoi Tyuters from May 20 to 25. There they took part in the actions carried out within the framework of the environmental project “Islands of Russia - Responsibility for the Future”. The project is aimed at promoting the development of the state reserve "Vostok Finskogo Zaliva", which included the Bolshoi Tyuters Island. And it is a joint initiative of the Gogland Expedition, Fertoing company and the Nizhne-Svirsky State Nature Reserve, supported by the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources. Volunteer actions, promoting the environmental movement and increasing human responsibility for the preservation of the environment, are carried out as part of the corporate volunteering program included in the federal project "Preservation of Biological Diversity and Development of Ecological Tourism" of the national project "Ecology".
The expedition members traditionally carried out work to clean up the territories of the reserve, as well as set up a seven-meter-tall wooden cross on the island of Bolshoi Tyuters in memory of the selfless deeds of Russian sailors, warriors and discoverers. The memorial cross, weighing about a ton, was delivered from St. Petersburg on the ship "Karev Rescuer". The installation site of the cross is on the northern tip of the island and it was chosen so that it can be seen from all ships and vessels traveling along the Gulf of Finland towards St. Petersburg.
The project was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, volunteers (environmental engineers) of the marine engineering company "Fertoing" (St. Petersburg), members of the RGS expedition Gogland, environmental activists of Kronstadt and caretakers of the lighthouse Bolshoi Thyuters.