MARQUETTE — Foresters traveling from Russia on a prearranged trip visited the Marquette DNR Monday afternoon to discuss topics regarding forest management in the UP.

DNR officials and the foreign visitors both learned a great deal from each other. The group is traveling through the Open World Program sponsored by the U.S. Congress.

The purpose of the trip is to show visitors the differences in forest management between their country and how things are done in Michigan.

“I was selected to participate in this program. I am from Siberia, and for me, it’s very interesting to exchange my experience with colleagues from the U.S,” said forester Alexey Banov.

The Open World Program group will continue to explore the UP beyond Marquette, as they plan to visit Michigan Technological University in Houghton on Tuesday.