Cutting down of living old-age pines in protected compartments (2003), continuation

Possible infringements: Clauses 25 and 27 of the Law of the Republic of Belarus «About Special Protected Natural Territories and Objects» were violated; violation of the ecological balance within the protected forest; infliction of damage to biological diversity.

Events, facts, documents and evidences: Previous sections ("Cutting down of living old-age pines in protected compartments, May - December 2002"; "Clear cutting of living coniferous forest of old-age in protected quarters, October - December 2002"; " Felling of living giant spruces trees as traps for bark beetle in protected compartmentsof the forest, March - May 2001) presented detailed information on illegal felling of living forest of old-age and single huge trees (giants).

In 2003 cuttings executed in the living forest have been registered again. It concerned especially living pines of old-age within protected quarters. This conclusion has been drawn after controls were made on plots where cutting down has been conducted on trees which died after bark beetle infection.

These pictures present pines of old-age. Some of the pines on the first photo were aged over 150 years. These trees have been cut down alive, of which the clearly visible green tops on these pines are the best proof. The tops had not yet been chopped off and burnt out. Eleven Pines have been cut down on this site. The inspection on this cutting plot has been carried out literally the day after the pines were cut down. Still just three of the trees remained to lay at the place where they were cutted. They had been chopped into parts of six meters long. The other eight pines had already been dragged off and were taken from the forest. However, their destination remains unclear. According to the local workers the timber concerned was not delivered to the timber processing plant of the National Park. The administration of the National Park rarely puts energy into so fast removing timber from the forest. The stumps and tops of the trees, including their green needles, remained at the sites where cuttings were adopted, as well as blocks of fire woods in some cases. The trunks of pines which were left behind all had attributes of affection by trunk pests; the bark on the trunks had been damaged by bark beetles and had been debarked by woodpeckers on their search for tasty insects. This clearly shows and proofs that these trees were affected by some species of bark beetles. Such pines were doomed to die in short time.

However, if the numerous cases in which secret cutting of living trees of old-age with valuable wood are being taken into account it cannot be ruled out that very healthy pines of old-age were felled at this site under the simple pretext of cutting just more sick trees (see the sections "Cutting down of living old-age pines in protected compartments", "Clear cutting of living coniferous forest of old-age in protected quarters", "Felling of living giant spruces trees as traps for bark beetle in protected compartments of the forest"). For the purpose of showing how «correct the selection of trees for cutting» has been logs of affected trees have been left behind of sites of large-scale cutting. In no other way it can be reasoned that major parts of timber from the cutting plots has been removed «fast as lightning», while about 100,000 cubic meters of wood stay behind in the forest.

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(Compartment 740, March 27, 2003)


Further: Hundred thousand cubic meters of wood rotting on the forests' ground (2003)