NEWS ARCHIVE: JUNE 2013

June 24, 2013 Website "Photobelta.by" Participants of the XV World Congress of Russian Press visited the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"

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Participants of the XV World Congress of Russian Press visited the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" on June 22. They had a tour program including Museum of Nature, zoo enclosures with wild animals, the estate of Belarusian Father Frost and the Government Residence "Viskuli." The World Association of Russian Press, Belarusian Telegraph Agency in support of the Information Telegraph Agency of Russia (ITAR-TASS), Ministry of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other state bodies of Belarus are the organizers of the XV World Congress of the Russian Press. Photo - during the visit to the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

Photo by Ruslan Kobyak
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June 22, 2013 Website "Belarusian Radio Ratsia" The debate about the development of the region of the Bialowieza Forest (Poland)


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What is direction to develop the economic region of the Bialowieza Forest? This was discussed in Hajnowka by representatives of the government, the National Park, businesses and residents of the Pushcha's communes.

According to town elder Vladimir Petroczuk from Hajnowka, it is needed to find a middle ground between forest protection and development of ecological agriculture in these areas:

"It is necessary to look for such projects, which are a compromise between the needs of the Forest and the needs of residents. It can be not only tourism. It may be the development of ecological farming. If we are to produce environmental products here, it can be expanded.

This is the first meeting within the Project "Platform for Cooperation for the Benefit of the Balanced Development of the Region of the Bialowieza Forest." Numerous seminars for the residents and the self-government on the development of eco-tourism and the promotion of local products are also planned .

Lukass Leanyuk
June 21, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Preparation of a tripartite project

On 13 and 14 June 2013, a working meeting was held in the Bialowieza National Park (the village of Bialowieza, Poland). It was attended by representatives of the Bialowieza National Park (Poland), the National Park" Belovezhskaya Pushcha" (Belarus) and the National Park "The Lower Oder Valley" (Germany). The event was held within the framework of the trilateral cross-border cooperation between these national parks in the area of nature protection, and the development of science, environmental education and tourism. During the meeting the sides discussed prospects for further cooperation between three national parks and the preparation of a joint project. Each of the parties has made specific proposals that arise from the needs of the protected area, which will be included in the common project. Its presentation will be held in November in Germany. The possibilities of attracting EU funds (including Environmental funds from Germany) for this project were discussed.
June 20, 2013 Website "News of the World" More than 500 thousand tourists annually visit national parks of Belarus

Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve and national parks "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", "Braslav Lakes", "Narochansky" and "Pripyatsky" gained Br 56.5 billion (~$ 6.3 million) by tourist services from in 2012. That is up 83% compared with 2010.
July 17, 2013 Website "Pruzhany.net" Poles proposed Belarusians to restore the population of wild honey bees in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Not everyone knows who a wild-honey farmer is and what a wild-honey hive is. This is a hollow stump for bees. A wild-honey farmer is a beekeeper.

Dean of the Faculty of Forestry of the Hajnowka branch of the Bialystok University Professor S. Baker, who this week with Professor A. Korchik visited the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", suggested to prepare a joint project on the reintroduction of the forest wild honeybee population in Polish and Belarusian parts.

It is to preserve its unique gene pool. The scientists were interested not only bees. Professors visited the locality Tisovka, where the natural habitat of silver fir, the only in Belarus, is located. It is a rare relic plant listed in the Red Data Book of the country (I category of protection).

During the working meeting with scientists from the National Park, the issues on the genetic study of stands of the natural origination and artificial plantations were discussed.

The forest nursery of Belovezhskaya Pushcha was under particular attention by the Polish colleagues. They gave recommendations on growth techniques for planting stock and optimization of the technological process.

Recall that the restoration of the population of wild bees is not the most ambitious plan for the National Park. There is a proposal to bring brown bears to the Forest and relocate the "excess" bison to other areas of Belarus.

Source: TOMIN.BY
June 17, 2013 Website "Real Brest" Video: Belovezhskaya Pushcha is Mecca for cyclists

In this Monday, a reporter of "Real Brest" visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha on an "aluminum horse". We went there to shoot a video for our readers, so that you can clearly imagine what kind of the trip to the most mysterious wood of Belarus may be.


Many fascinating texts about Belovezhskaya Pushcha are possible to write. They will be intertwined with the personal impressions from the enthusiastic bike ride, and with legends of this forest.



The most freedom-loving bears and wolves, perhaps, are filling hard themselves in the cells.

Raccoon dogs, foxes, lynxes, owls, kite, roe deer and red deer, bison and wild boar do not deserve the life imprisonment without the guilt either. None of them wants to spend their life aimlessly, sitting in a cage, just for the sake of the periodic fun of human.


We just want to show you a small video clip. An idea to shoot it was born in the middle of the working day, at the beginning of the vain week.


Video comments will be made by an active member of our website who is more or less familiar to all Kotyara, who on Monday, without preparation, honestly travelled 40 km on a bike on forest paths of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in search of the adventure.


In the video clip you will hear and see some of the mysteries of Father Frost and wish the readers and viewers of "Real Brest".


Video can be viewed on the original web site
June 14, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Visit of Polish colleagues

On June 11 and 12, the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was visited by a working group, by Professor A. Korczik and Professor S. Baker (dean of the Faculty of Forestry of the Hajnowka branch of the Bialystok University). Polish scientists visited the locality Tisovka, where the natural habitat of silver fir, only one in the country, is located. It is a rare relic plant listed in the Red Data Book of the Republic of Belarus (I category of protection). During the working meeting the issues on further research of the population of this species, including the genetic study of stands of the natural origination and artificial plantations were discussed.

The forest nursery of Belovezhskaya Pushcha was under particular attention by the Polish colleagues. Recommendations on growth techniques for planting stock and optimization of the technological process were given.

In addition, Professor S. Baker suggested to prepare a joint project on reintroduction of the population of wild honeybee in the Polish and Belarusian parts of Belovezhskaya Pushcha to preserve its unique gene pool.
June 14, 2013 "Arguments and Facts in Belarus" ("AIF") newspaper Do bison go across the border?

"AIF" wrote that a fence has been installed between the Belarusian and Polish parts of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. So, it turns out this is not one Reserve and each side has the own population. Isn't it? Question by B. Buta, Nowogrudok town

Bison do not actually cross the border. Assistant Chief of the Brest frontier group on Media Communication Alexander Kislov said to "AIF" that the Belarusian-Polish border, including the sector in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, is marked by border signs and is equipped with a signaling wire fence.

The border stripe area has no installation to allow bison to pass through the alarm system, Alexander Kislov said. We do not let animals pass, so the movement of bison is possible only as far as the system. It has always been since the signaling system was installed.

However, he did not rule out that before the animals could easily get from one country to another. Demarcation - holding the state border with the designation of its special characters by special signs - took place after the war. But the alarm system could not be installed immediately.

Demarcation passed - the line border was made and boundary markers were set. As to the signaling system, it could be installed somewhere at once, but somewhere after a while.

By Anton Trofimovitch
June 11, 2013 Website "Naviny.by" Lightning set fire to a house of the director the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"

On Sunday, during a thunderstorm raged over Belovezhskaya Pushcha, a house in the village of Podbelskie Ogorodniki was lit from the lightning. A message about the fire came to the central post of the Kamenetz District Department on Emergency Situations in 16.09. In 16.28 a fire brigade arrived at the scene. The post of the service on Emergancy closest to Podbelskie Ogorodniki is 16 km away, in the village of Dmytrovychi.


The victim house as looked in January 2003


In March 2008, the house looked completely another

The wooden house damaged from fire has an interesting story, as "The Evening Brest" newspaper wrote. For a long time, it was a branch of the hotel in the village of Kamenyuki and was designed to accommodate five people. There is a small pond with a bath and a fireplace under a canopy next to it. It was chosen as the residence by the previous director of the Reserve Nikolai Bambiza, who was appointed in May 2001.

Then the house was rebuilt several times and equipped with modern conveniences. At that time another metal roof was covered on top of the existing metal one. And it is this factor played a fatal role in the fire many years later.

"When the emergency brigade arrived, the roof ridge was just starting to burn," head of the Kamenetz District Department of Emergency Situations Vladimir Ivanyukovich said. "However, the presence of the double metal roof significantly complicated quenching because we had to dismantle all these designs."

Rescuers say about a direct lightning strike, as the metal roof was not grounded.

Before the fire, the current director of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Alexander Bury lived in the house which has the status of apartment provided by the employer. But no one was in it during the storm, according to the Emergency Service.

The amount of damage is not yet calculated, but it looks like it would be substantial - the roof is completely destroyed and the ceiling structure was totally burned.

Photo from"Belovezhskaya Pushcha - XXI Century"
June 07, 2013 Website "TUT.BY" Red deer to bring to Belovezhskaya Pushcha for the first time since tsarist times

Five beautiful animals were brought here from the Krasnodar region. Until that time, the local ungulates, on the contrary, were taken to other reserves. They live, for example, in the National Park "Pripyatsky".

"New animals will help refresh the blood of the population of European red deer living here, as well as improve their trophy quality," Oleg Sitov says, the main game manager of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"."It is considered that good antlers should weigh 8 to 10 kg. The majority of our animals have about 7 kg of the antler weight. But in the past there were red deer with the "decoration" reached 14 kg in Pushcha.

Now the settlers are getting used to the new place. They are placed as follows: four are in a hunting enclosure and one is in a zoo enclosure. The animals are not by chance from the Krasnodar region. It is because there are more than 10 years engaged in breeding of trophy deer.

By Ekaterina Panteleeva, Respublika
June 06, 2013 Website "BelTA" The Manor of Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha to appear on "Fairytale Map of Russia and Belarus"

The Manor of Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the first fabulous object of the country, which will appear on "Fairy Tale Map of Russia and Belarus", as BelTA was told in the tourism department of the National Park.

Currently, the National Park is working on this project which will be launched in mid-December 2013 at the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the residence of Belarusian Santa Claus in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The "Fairy Tale Mile" with pointers of directions of residences of world-famous fairy-tale characters will also be installed in the Manor.

As part of the preparation for this event, Belarusian Father Frost made recently a business visit to the city of Pereslavl, Yaroslavl region, Russia. A festival "Meet the Berendey" was held on the occasion of the opening of the summer season there. Legendary characters from different regions of Russia brought together for this event. Santa Claus from Belovezhskaya Pushcha held talks with colleagues in his guest reception in the Berendey house and gave them an official invitation to the anniversary of his Manor.

Currently, the project "Fairytale Map of Russia" brings together 28 objects in various Russian regions. This route in its popularity among tourists is not inferior to the famous "Golden Ring." Specialists from Belovezhskaya Pushcha are sure that the new version of "Fairytale Map" will promote the development of children's and event tourism in the two countries.

By Svetlana Vechorko
June 05, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Father Frost visited Berendey and Baba Yaga

The King Berendey from the glorious city of Pereslavl (Russia) invited the Belarusian Father Frost to make a fantastic business trip on Russian land.

He was accompanied by representatives of the Belarusian TV. Father Frost and his friends of the fabulous fraternity were gathered in the birthplace of Berendey to celebrate the beginning of the hot summer. In honor of this event, an annual festival "Meet the Berendey" is held, during which the whole city turns into a fairyland, where people can meet a variety of fabulous magicians and characters.

The visit was full of different activities and events. Father Frost took part in the festivities of the city, met thousands of guests at his guest reception in Berendey House and presented official invitations for the tenth anniversary of the Manor in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, which will be celebrated in mid-December 2013. He also gave a prize certificate for the winners of the family Quest-Marathon to visit his Manor.

At the end of the visit to Pereslavl, our Father Frost took the opportunity to arrive for informal meeting with Baba Yaga in the village of Kukoboy. During the meeting, Father Frost and Baba Yaga confirmed their previous agreements on non-interference in the fairy-tale affairs of the two countries. As a sign of the bond agreements, Father Frost handed to Baba Yaga an invitation to the anniversary of the Manor in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Baba Yaga, for her part, invited Belarusian Father Frost to celebrate a decade of her residence in Kukoboy. As part of this festival scheduled for June 29, the "Fairy Mile" of the village of Kukoboy will be installed. Baba Yaga assured Father Frost that the Fairy will have a pointer on his Manor as a sign of friendship and fairy-tale balance between good and evil. Our Father Frost opened a secret that, during the celebration of the anniversary of the Manor, the "Fairy Mile" with a pointer to the direction and place of residence of Baba Yaga will also be installed. In addition, during the feast, the presentation of the Project "Fairytale Map of Russia and Belarus" will be made. The Map will show the first fabulous object of our country the Manor of Belarusian Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

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June 05, 2013 "Zarya" (The Dawn) newspaper New red deer in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" imported red deer from the Krasnodar region, Russia. It would seem that is not remarkable. But it turns out it is the first case in nearly a century.

As a rule, the animals were taken from Pushcha to other natural reserves, but some species were not imported to us since Czarist times, Director of the National Park Alexander Bury told. - In particular, no red deer has been delivered to Pushcha since that time.

In Soviet times, red deer from Belovezhskaya Pushcha were considered the elite ones. That's why they were exported in different directions to improve the breed in other environmental areas. But if there was no particular need to inject fresh blood (genes) into our Reserve at those times, so the situation now requires to do this.

The number of red deer did not become smaller. We regulate this process through monitoring their numbers. The question is red deer are gradually degenerated. In other words, their breed got worse, Deputy Director of the National Park Alexander Sharinda said. Antlers of an adult animal now weigh just 6.5 kg, whereas before the figure was about 14 kilograms. The infusion of new blood was necessary. So we bought five males in Krasnodar.

One of the new inhabitants of the protected area is already in the zoo enclosure (four more are in hunting enclosures). A three-year male is still at a small distance from the herd. Stronger adult males do not allow the "outsider" to be close to females. However, the "owners" will be moved to a different location in the near future to allow the new offspring to be born. These young animals will improve blood of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha's animals over time.

Viktor Erofeev
June 04, 2013 Website "Tourism and Leisure" The bicycle military-patriotic route "Memory" to appear in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

This year, two long-distance routes "Tikhovolya" and "Bely Lesok" are open for tourists here. Visitors can take the rental service, according to BelTeleRadioCompany.

In addition to the ecological cycling routes, new hiking trails have been developed. Now tourists are offered to look at the protected area in another way.

The military-patriotic route "Memory" is open I Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Soon there will be one more new route with an overnight stay.
June 02, 2013 Website "BezFormata.Ru" Reclamation in Belarus is carried out taking into account the people's opinion

Reclamation works in Belarus are carried out taking into account the opinion of the people. This was reported by Director of the Department of Land Reclamation and Water Resources at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus Anatoly Bulynia at a press conference in Minsk on May 30.

According to him, the need to the opinion of the population in the country came after negative public statements about the effects of land reclamation in the Soviet times. "Statements that the reclamation strongly affects the nature, of course, have a grain of truth", as pointed out by the official. A case in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, where the environmental assessment of the suitability of land reclamation was conducted, was an example to deny the recovery of reclaimed land. "It was done not only by the national Ministry of Natural Resources, but also by Polish specialists. And we, with the consent of the President, refused to restore 80,000 hectares of previously reclaimed lands," Anatoly Bulynia said. "Scientists and environmentalists said that the lands have ecological significance. They are ecological niches and protection zones of wildlife sanctuaries and nature reserves," he added.