Low effective wood processing (2004), continuation

Events, facts, documents and evidences: On an earlier page "Timber processing workshop is not able to process the quantity of delivered wood, September 2001 - January 2003" the inefficient method of work of the National Park in the process of producing timber was outlined. In 1992 - 1993 the basic powers of the National Park were directed to extract as much wood affected by Bark beetle as possible. The scales and volumes of fellings were very large, but the capacity to take wood out of the forest of Belovezhskaya Pushcha was by far too small. As a result Belovezhskaya Pushcha was full of timber. The wood remained to lie on the ground for months and even years. It was rotting slowly, its high technical value decreased. The timber processing plant was filled up with timber as it was too small to process the excessive volumes of the wood delivered from the Pushcha. This lead to a further decrease in the economic value of the harvested wood. Also the sales of planks and other wood products were poorly organized. As the "raw" timber was lying very long before being processed much of the sawn timber turned out to be black, which detrimented its commercial value. In autumn 2003 the government of Belarus decided to help the National Park with clearing the harvested timber from the reserved wood. The wood was brought to the timber processing shop, where more "raw" timber accumulated. Which further progress was made in the situation?

Today almost all departments of the National Park are concentrated on the area of the timber processing shop: the office of the administration and the departments of science, forestry, hunting and economy, the financial administration and even the library and the archive. In the end of 1993 the building of the office, simultaneously with the scientific laboratory, were reconstructed. They were seated in a hotel. The facts available confirm that no serious changes were made during 2004 in order to improve the production process of timber from the Pushcha and to introduce order.

Photos on the earlier page "Timber processing workshop is not able to process the quantity of delivered wood, September 2001 - January 2003" demonstrated a view on the business area of the timber plant. The area was almost completely filled up with rotting wood, which was spread at random. The area was not cleared of these blockages during 2004. For another year numerous stacks of partly rotten logs of low economic quality were lying scattered and chaotically all over the area of the timber shop.

These pictures show the view on the southern part of the timber shop in 2004. These pictures were made about two years after the first pictures were shot here. They demonstrate the same collection of partly rotten wood, which was lying on the same spot two years ago. Although its volume had decreased a little bit, the general ugly view of the area did not change.

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(The wood dump on the southern side of the timber plant, October 24, 2004)

These pictures show stacks of wood which were taken out of the forest within the framework of the national support program for the National Park one year ago. The wood was stored at the northern side of the area of the timber processing shop. The view on this site did not change during a period of a year - logs are lying in chaotic groups or separate and they continue to rot.

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(The wood dump on the northern side of the timber plant, October 24, 2004)
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(The wood dump on the northern side of the timber plant, October 24, 2004)

"Mountains" of low-valuable saw-timber, shown on these pictures, are being stored for a long time in stacks of three to four meters in height, instead of being sold.

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("Mountains" of low-valuable saw-timber, October 24, 2004)

The storages of unsold planks of high quality are also large. Planks are stored in stacks. They lay on the area for months, being subject to the impact of rain and snow. The products turn black and their commercial value decreases.

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(Plank stacks turned black, October 24, 2004)

Besides major timber storages, many small groups and single planks are lying all over the area of the timber processing plant; these stocks usually do not have any commercial value since they have turned black and because they are rotting, as is shown on these pictures.

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(Black planks, October 24, 2004)

In short, the facts mentioned evidently show the level of the business of "good economic planners" who manage the Belovezhskaya Pushcha today. A big sum of money, which was allocated from the state budget to implement different programs in the National Park, and huge resources of material in the form of extracted wood are used very inefficiently, as was shown above.

Would this be an answer to the question why, compared to recent years, large volumes of processed timber, got the National Park out of a difficult economic situation? The general director of the Park, Nickolai Bambiza, is being regarded by governmental bodies as a professional expert on timber processing. Why is it that this "professional" was unable to introduce elementary order, why could he not work out an efficient timber processing industry during his 3.5 years of leadership in the Pushcha? Would money be out of precise account in the President's Property Management Department, to which Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park subordinates? Why do all of the disgraces and infringements of the administration of the National Park, of which a great number is shown on the pages of the section "Photo-fact" of this website, lack a proper reaction of the President's Property Management Department? Would the fact that the President's Property Management Department is closing its eyes to the situation stimulate these disgraces further? Or would this be the reason of the problematic situations all over Belovezhskaya Pushcha, problems which exist in all sections and fields, including those which were functioning well in earlier time?

Two years ago the National Park became an object of big attention from the side of ecologists, "green" activists and journalists in conjunction with the exposure of serious infringements of legislation on nature protection and the grandiose scandals which were a consequence of these exposures. After these events free access to the industrial area, where the timber plant, the workshop of the joiners, the garages and almost all departments and services of the National Park are located nowadays, was closed for unauthorized persons. Journalists and ecologists were not even mentioned in this matter. Even locals, who come to the industrial area to arrange various domestic affairs and economic problems, got subject to a strict system of checks.

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These pictures demonstrate the barbed wire, which was hauled on top of a concrete fence to block penetration of people from the village Kamenyuki. Under the former administrations of the National Park the entrance to the industrial area was free. What kind of secrets are hidden so carefully from the eyes of foreigners today? Could it be those disgraces which were shown above? Or would it be to hide the economic chaos, while, on the other hand, exemplary-show seminars are organized periodically for the good image of the strange leaders and managers.?

Further: Wood export