Wood processing factories around Belovezhskaya Pushcha (2002 - 2003)

Events, facts, documents and evidences: Over the last decade about ten small and medium sized sawmills have been reconstructed or opened in the vicinity of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in order to process its wood into valuable timber products. The total quantity of wood supplied for processing is considerable, while each logged tree of the total load of delivered wood increases the level of exploitation of the natural resources that Belovezhskaya Pushcha is able to provide. However, these resources are far from boundless. A powerful and huge timber processing factory is located in the village of Kamenyuki, the administrative center of the National Park (see the section "Timber-processing industry"). Another large-scale sawmill is located in the village of Shereshevo, yet another in the northern outskirts of the Pushcha. Many sawmills of small and medium size, owned by collective farms and individual businessmen, are located all around Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

These pictures show one sawmill of a smaller type, located near the village of Selishche, and owned by an individual Polish businessman. It has been constructed on the basis of a former building for cows, which was part of a collective farm, in the beginning of the 1990's. The enterprise employs about thirty workers. Logs from Belovezhskaya Pushcha are processed as raw material and the produced timber products are transported to countries in Western-Europe. Large volumes of pines, put together on the grounds belonging to the sawmill, are depicted. Beside these pines many logged spruces, victims of the attack of Bark beetle, have been brought to this factory.

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(January 5, 2003)

Further: Scorching dry grass vegetation, April 2003