National Park shows its anti-ecological ways to tourists, 2004

Events, facts, documents and evidences: The earlier page " Making forest look "good" or disappearance of rare plants, 2004" described how the administration of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" demonstrates to the world the transformation of the reserved wild nature within the area of the tourist centre into an urban-like landscape which is not wild and not reserved. Probably, the present managers of Belovezhskaya Pushcha think that the bare and scorched earth is the best ornament for the tourist centre of the National Park.

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(Tourist center of the National Park, December 5, 2004)

This page presents other facts that testify about the lack of ecological knowledge and low aesthetic culture of the current managers of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

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(The shop "Pines" ,
December 26, 2004)
Close to the central entrance of the National Park the shop "Pines" is situated. It was renovated and fenced in a few years ago, and got good a look against a background of the reserved wood. Huge century old spruce trees that grew near the shop died two years ago because of bark beetle infestation. According to the general forestry rules and for the purpose of tourists' safety the trees were cut down. However, the way it was made looks unacceptable. These pictures show large stumps that "decorate" the area near the shop and with their disgusting look leave tourists with the negative impression of the National Park. If such an ugly sight meets tourists at the entrance to the National Park, it is pointless to talk about the standards of felling in the National Park in general. In the depth of the forest, felling sights are even more awful .

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(Tourist center of the National Park, December 26, 2004)

Little is being done by the administration of the National Park to keep the forest of Belovezhskaya Pushcha clean. The wood that surrounds the tourist centre in the village of Kamenyuki is gradually being filled with rubbish, which makes a real dump of it.

These pictures show a lot of rubbish lying scattered around the Park's restaurant. Heaps of bottles, food packs, bulbs and packages testify that not only tourists, but also the staff of the restaurant or hotel use the surrounding forest as a garbage dump.

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(The rubbish around the tourist center
of the National Park, December 28, 2004)

Builders who reconstruct the former administrative offices and scientific laboratory into a new hotel also contribute to accumulation of rubbish in the forest environment. Building rubbish, planks and even building accessories are dumped in the forest.

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(The rubbish around the tourist center
of the National Park, December 28, 2004)

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(Tourist center
of the National Park,
December 28, 2004)
The fallen autumn leaves collected together with industrial rubbish are also partly dumped in the forest that surrounds the tourist centre, even though a special place has been reserved for dumping. As a result, heaps of leaves mixed with rubbish make the protected wood look unattractive, and, what is more important, they pollute it.

The latest fact of crying shame made by National Park's services can be considered the proof to intentionally and consciously pollute a wood of Belovezhskaya Pushcha: a car, full of bags with plastic utensils and industry rubbish taken out (apparently) from the Park's restaurant, unloaded it just within the old-age coniferous wood located half a kilometer from the tourist centre.

These pictures show the dump of rubbish placed within the reserved wood.

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(The dump of rubbish placed within the reserved wood,
February 08, 2005)

Further: Pollution of Belovezhskaya Pushcha: dumping rubbish and sawdust