Events, facts, documents and evidences: In recent years campaigns have been held before New Year and Christmas against illegal fellings of Spruces from woods in countries of the former USSR. Citizens were appealed to buy only those Spruce trees which were planted at special nurseries or which were delivered by commercial forest enterprises. Also Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park takes part in the New Year's sale of Spruce trees in order to earn money in this way. To achieve this purpose business plans have been made in the Park. The plans target to sell as many Christmas trees as possible. Foresters cut down the most beautiful Spruce trees directly from the forests of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Then these Spruces are sold, partially in the area of the National Park itself and partially outside the Park. Therefore the trees are transported with cars to district centers or regional centers. The quantity of the felled Spruce trees usually exceeds the volume of their sale. Spruces which remain unsold are just being thrown away or burned down. Cleary the extraction of Christmas trees cannot be compared with the large-scale fellings in the old-aged forests of Belovezhskaya Pushcha of the last years. On the other hand it is difficult to classify this kind of measure as one to protect nature, since scientific grounds are lacking for the extraction of Christmas trees in the area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, while damage is brought to forest ecosystems.
This picture demonstrates unsold and heaped up Spruces, which will soon be dumped or end in the fire-box of a boiler.
|(Spruce Christmas trees,
January 13, 2005)