Events, facts, documents and evidences: It has been described before that the timber processing industry was inefficiently managed in the National Park. In 2002 – 2003 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 huge volumes of wood were lying scattered throughout Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The wood remained to lie on the ground for months and even years. While it was slowly rotting its high technical value decreased. The timber processing plant was also full of wood being impossible to process all logs delivered. This led to a further decrease in the economic value of the harvested wood. Sales of planks and other wood products were poorly organized as well. They were lying very long before it was sold much of the sawn products turned out black, to the detriment of its commercial value.
In 2006 - 2007 years the situation concerning the timber processing plant has not changed much for the better. The timber processing plant like earlier was still extra-full of rotten and turned to the bad quality wood. Numerous stacks of logs were lying in chaotic groups, one might say, all over the area of the timber processing plant. Since 2006 the territory has gradually begun to be cleared, however, only by spring 2008 when the new Manager of the Property Management Department of the President of the Republic of Belarus was nominated, a final campaign for clearing, removal of logs and burying of this and other wood was conductes. The pictures below demonstrate about what and how was going on within those years.
These pictures show the view on the southern part of the timber shop in 2006. These pictures were made exactly four years after the first pictures were shot here. They demonstrate that some changing happened during this period, namely rotten wood was sorted and separated from partly rotten.
|(Partly rotten timber separated from completely rotten,
on the southern part of the timber shop, 5 May 2006)
These pictures demonstrate sites where the sorting is not completed yet. It is visible well here that the wood laying by years is totally rotten.
|(Rotten timber on the southern part of the timber shop, 5 May 2006)|
Heaps of wooden rot are shown here. This is the remnant of those logs which crumbled down when attempts to remove them.
|(Heaps of wooden rot turned from earlier logs on
the southern part of the timber shop, 5 May 2006)
These pictures show a part of the area already being cleared from rotten logs.
|(The cleared area on the southern
part of the timber shop, 5 May 2006)
After sorting the separated partly-rotten logs were transported to the northern side of the timber shop and were grouped in log decks.
|(Partly-rotten logs after sorting on the northern part of the timber shop,
5 May 2006)
Nearby partly rotten heaps of logs were removed from here.
|(After clearing on the northern part
of the timber shop, 5 May 2006)
Recently extracted timber was begun to be delivered and to be stored here then.
|(Recently extracted timber on the northern part,
5 May 2006)
This is the view of the cleared area on the southern part of the timber shop in half a year. Recently extracted timber was begun to be delivered and to be stored here then.
|(The cleared area on the southern part of the timber shop,
3 December 2006)
However, rather much non-removed, turned black or rotten wood still were close by.
|(Turned black or rotten wood on the southern part
of the timber shop, 3 December 2006)
Partly rotten logs after sorting were still lying on the northern part of the timber shop further to lose their quality by decaying.
|(Partly rotten logs after sorting on the northern part of the timber shop,
3 December 2006)
Recently extracted timber mixed up with rotten wood was stored there.
|(Recently extracted timber mixed up with rotten wood,
3 December 2006)
In 2007 recently extracted logs were stored for further processing on the area cleared from rotten wood.
|(Recently extracted logs on the northern part of the timber shop, 3 September 2007)|
Please, see more details and information about the problems concerning low effective wood processing in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" on the previous pages: