Rotten timber wood left to lie in the forest (2005), continuation

Infringements: Clauses 25, 26 and 27 of the Law of the Republic of Belarus "About Special Protected Natural Territories and Objects" are violated; violation of the ecological balance within the protected forest; infliction of damage to biological diversity; economic losses resulting deterioration of the quality of the timber.

Events, facts, documents and evidences: Older pages have already in detail described the organization and the conduction of fellings in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" being far of perfect. During the period of large scaled affection of Spruce trees of Belovezhskaya Pushcha by Bark beetle - the years 2001 to 2003 - the major powers targeted to cut down woods and to extract as much timber as possible. The issues of duly transportation out of the forest and sales were not paid proper attention. It resulted in the accumulation of a huge volume of timber, amounting to 100,000 cubic meters in 2003, being stored in the forest. The wood was rotting in the forest and lost its high technical value. This caused considerable economic losses to the National Park..

In 2005 an inspection of the Belyanskoe forest area was carried out in order to check the measure by which Spruce wood had been taken out of the forest. The Wildness Protection Zone covers most of the territory of the Belyanskoe forest area. A smaller part of the area is subject to the Regulated Recreational Use Zone. The fellings have been carried out in this second type of zone.

The inspection has revealed that a rather huge volume of harvested wood left in this forest area had gone rotten.

These photos show single logs which had not even been dragged out of the forest and were simply left on the cutting plot.

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(Compartment 798; September 13, 2005)

Grouped stacks of logs taken out of the forest are shown below. However, a part of the wood was not removed from the forest.

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(Compartment 798; September 13, 2005)

Stacks of logs which were not taken out of the forest are also shown here. All of the wood is lying and rotting.

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(Compartment 798; September 13, 2005)

An inspection to assess the degree in which the wood had been taken out of the forest has also been carried out in the Korolevo-Mostovskoe forest area in 2005. It revealed the same unattractive view. Both single logs as well as stacks of logs, which had been partly removed out of the forest, lay all over the territory of the forest area.

A plot found in sector 802 proves the crying shame and the mismanagement of the present administration of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

These pictures show numerous Spruce trees that have been felled, cut in blocks and were left to rot away. It is clearly visible that the bark has fallen off. This testifies that the quality of the wood is already turning bad. Many logs have disappeared under a dense cover of grass vegetation.

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(Compartment 802; September 14, 2005)

These pictures show trees which were felled and cut in blocks. It concerns only large sized trees of high value.

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(Compartment 802; September 14, 2005)

Cases of wood left behind, on which a dense and high grassy vegetation has started to grow, are shown below. The wood on the left side is hardly visible in the dense grasses.

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(Compartment 802; September 14, 2005)

A felled Spruce tree of which the branches have not been chopped off was left lying on the ground as is shown below.

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(Compartment 802;
September 14, 2005)

This is a very big Spruce tree which wood is damaged by a tree-fungus. The body of the tree-fungus on the cut flat surface of the log is visible.

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(Compartment 802; September 14, 2005)

These pictures demonstrate a body of the tree-fungus on the cut flat surface of this big Pine tree.

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(Compartment 802; September 14, 2005)

These pictures show stacks of harvested fire wood which remained in the forest as unsold material.

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(Compartment 802; September 14, 2005)

Stacks of logs of wood partly taken out of the forest are lying close to the wood that has been left behind in the forest.

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(Compartment 802; September 14, 2005)

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(Compartment 947; December 16, 2005)

These photos have been made from a distance of 200 meters from the timber processing plant. Not even Pine timber logged and grouped in a stack this close to the plant has been taken out; the wood has left rotting. All the facts listed above, and pages of the recent years testify very bad management, as applied by the present administration of the National Park, which is subordinated to the officials of the Property Management Department of the President of the Republic of Belarus. Proper measures to reorder the economic situation of "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" have not been taken for many years. It is unclear how these failures can be explained. The idea that the Property Management Department of the President of the Republic of Belarus is not aware of all these and other numerous facts of mismanagement and other kind of untalented management in the National Park is rejected. Nevertheless, proper measures to change the situation are not generated. Why is it so? Do the facts illustrate an inability to manage or does it show an indifference and connivance of mismanagement by the top presidential department?


See more detailed information about the problem of bad management on taking harvested wood out of the forest on this older page:


Further: Low effective wood processing (2005), continuation