Rotten timber wood left to lie in the forest, 2006 2008

Violations: Articles 26 and 27 of Belarus' Specially Protected Wilderness Territories and Sites Act; the environmental balance within the protected forest, damaging the biological diversity, and economic losses resulting from deterioration of the quality of the timber.

Events, facts, documents and evidences: Older pages have already in detail described that in conductions of large-scale cuttings down in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" the major powers targeted to extract as much timber as possible (here - 2001 2002; here - 2003; here - 2004 and here - 2005). The issues of duly transportation out of the forest and sales were not paid proper attention. It resulted in the accumulation of a big volume of timber, being stored in the forest, being rotting and lost its high technical value. It caused considerable economic losses to the National Park. It has later been removed out of the forest but a big amount of it has been left on the ground for final decomposition.


The public control made next years has revealed that lots of timber and fire wood have been left for decay in the forest. Look below at the photo-report about it.

These photos show stacks of pine and oak logs near a road to be delivered later to a sawmill. This picture is very common for the today's Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

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(Stacks of pine logs; compartment 678, August 12, 2006)
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(Stacks of oak logs; compartment 777, August 12, 2006)

Stacks and single logs left in the forest for decay are shown below.

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(Left and rotting timber; compartment 947, February 21, 2008)
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(Left and rotting timber; compartment 741, November 30, 2008)
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(Left and rotting timber; compartment 740, November 30, 2008)
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(Left and rotting timber; compartment 801, November 30, 2008)

Oak logs left for decay in the forest are shown in these photos.

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(Left and rotting timber; compartment 741, November 30, 2008)

The amount of firewood left for decay in the forest is much bigger than timber.

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(Left and rotting firewood; compartment 740, November 30, 2008)
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(Left and rotting firewood; compartment 741, November 30, 2008)
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(Left and rotting firewood; compartment 801, November 30, 2008)
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(Left and rotting logs and firewood; compartment 843, September 19, 2009)

See more detailed information about the problem of bad management on taking harvested wood out of the forest on this older page: