Alien species used for planting of greenery and reconstruction of ornamental plant compositions in the administrative and tourist center, 2003 - 2009)

Events, facts, documents and evidences: It was shown on the page "Remodeling of the Tourist Center Entrance as a Departure from the Pushcha Traditions, 2002 - 2009" that the main entrance of the tourist center was reconstructed and the radical changes of the historical shape of the area occurred in this regard. The similar strong changes happened also behind the entrance gate. Earlier tourists coming to Belovezhskaya Pushcha and getting the territory of the administrative and tourist center saw at once the wild primeval forest. This formed their first emotional impression from the contact with the wild nature and a feeling of unity with the protected forest. This is very important for the people in terms of ecological education and for raising their attitude to the nature as the underlying spiritual level of the person is involved in such case. It was one of the old Pushcha's local traditions.

Since the spring of 2003 the situation has seen a drastic change in this place. The current management of the national park, strangers to both Belovezhskaya Pushcha and its land, has made remodeling of the central entrance and has changed many other things. The changes have also covered the road section behind the entrance gate which led in that time to an administrative office of the national park. One more Pushcha tradition was thereby stopped and broken. As the case, this road has been planted along with alien trees and shrub - thuya and some species of juniper. It is to understand that no one then thought about that thuya will grow up to the big size over the years and the tourists will get first impression from admiring the ornamental plants as can be found in large numbers in all cities and towns all over the country instead to face the Belovezhskaya Pushcha's wood.

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(Thuya and junipers along the road;
1 - October 19, 2003; 2 - December 5, 2004; 3 - June 6, 2004)
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(The road without junipers,
December 5, 2004)

Five years have passed. Junipers, fortunately, have been lost because they were not looked after properly (the left photo). The nature of Belovezhskaya Pushcha has not accepted this alien species. Thuya have survived, grown up and really become a screen and a handicap which cover the original and unique shape of the wild and protected Bialowieza Forest from tourists seeing at once after crossing the entrance to Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
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(Thuya along the road;
1 and 2 – August 10, 2008; 3, 4 and 5 – November 8, 2008; 6 – 4 ķī’įš’ 2009)

Thuya were also planted on the other road side near the cafe "Pines". However, the ornamental plants are quite pertinent in this place if reasonably to follow rules of the landscape design.

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(Thuya near the cafe "Pines";
1 – September 27, 2009, 2 – April 4, 2010)

By the celebration of the 600th anniversary of nature protection, reconstruction of the ornamental plant compositions was made in the administrative and tourist center of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. In particular, thuya and blue spruce trees were removed from the composition which grew behind a lost soldiers' monument on a path leading to a former museum of nature converted into a restaurant. Is it to understand that it was made for the purpose of opening the view of the big restaurant seeing free from a distance for the arriving tourists that to attract them to visit it? If it is true it is not clear how these trees earlier did not prevent the tourists from getting into the museum of nature?

The photos below show the area with ornamental plants of thuya and blue spruce trees. Blue spruces were first to be cut down, thuya was second a bit later.

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(Growing blue spruce and thuya trees; July 11, 2005)
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(Blue spruce trees are being cut down and thuya are still growing;
August 20, 2009)
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(Some thuya being cut down;
1 and 2 – September 20, 2009; 3 and 4 – April 4, 2010)

Blue spruce trees were also cut down along the hotels number 3 and 1.

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(The hotel number 3 with blue spruce trees (1) and without them (2 and 3);
1 – June 6, 2004; 2 – November 14, 2009; 3 – April 4, 2010)
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(The hotel number ¹1 without blue spruce trees; November 14, 2009)

Old thuya trees were saved along the former building of the administration and the scientific department converted into the hotel number 4. This decision should be mentioned as positive.

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(Thuya trees along the hotel number 4; November 14, 2009)