July 27, 2006 Website "TUT.BY" Ecologist Dranchuk: Belovezhskaya Pushcha gradually dries up

The famous Belarusian ecologist Valery Dranchuk will strive to reject a drown up report concerning his illegal stay within the territory of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

Valery Dranchuk informed during an interview to the BelaPAN News Agency that the incident took place on July 21 when he came to the territory of the National Park for study the hydrological situation in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. This is the serious problem. Pushcha gradually dries up and a complex of rescue works aiming preservation of unique ecosystems is necessary, Valery Dranchuk noted. According to the ecologist, he had a written business trip paper from the newspaper "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" to visit the National Park as the territory of the Reserve is within the state border zone. But the frontier guards did not raise claims. The report on illegal visiting the Park was made by the employees of the guard of the Reserve.

Valery Dranchuk considers this case as vengeance of the administration of the National Park for his negative publications in mass-media concerning the conditions in Pushcha. The ecologist wrote in the publications, for example, about conducted logging works of large scale for industrial purposes within the territory of Pushcha that is infringement of international agreements on the status of this unique natural monument signed by Belarus.

Valery Dranchuk makes now a second book "Water of Pushcha" devoted to problems of the Reserve.

BelaPAN
July 20, 2006 The Web-Newspaper "NAVINY.BY" Two bison to rescue from a bog in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Two bison from Belovezhskaya Pushcha dropped in on an edge of the bog "Dikoe" (Wild) and literally completely bogged down into slime of the fen mire. Fortunately, the employees of the Porozovo forest guard (the Svisloch dustrict) who casually appeared alongside this place came to the aid of the wild animals. The BelTAS's reporter was informed about this case in a secretary office of the Porozovo Village Soviet of Deputies.

Twelve men pulled out the bison by means of cords. The animals lost as much strength as they laid during two hours at the edge of the fen mire after the rescue from "captivity" to restore forces.

Over twenty bison permanently live now in the territory of the Porozove forest area which belongs to the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". The experts note that the quantity of bison grow in the Svisloch district year in, year out.
July 14, 2006 "Narodnaya Gazeta", (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 59 A Grandfather Frost and summer!

This summer "has well roasted" all of us, no matter to visit south lands. One can assume how our major New Year's hero, Belarusian Grandfather Frost fills miserable. He, having sent his grand daughter Snow Maiden to the northern lands in the winter already, remained to manage his fantastic estate in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

However, a wardrobe of our Grandfather Frost is clothes for various seasons. While hot days he meets the visitors in linen clothes with a Belarusian girdle, having put legs on easy bast shoes and having covered a head with a straw cap. The only one thing of his costume, a staff remains invariable.

There is a lot to make him busy – many tourists visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha. After the visitors leave Pushcha, he manages in the fantastic estate and reads letters because the Belarusian children snow him under with these. Has he suddenly forgotten to satisfy someone's desire?
July 12, 2006 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 125 Financial support for the best owners

Two years ago the Project of the UN Development Program "Ecological sustainable development of the region “Belovezhskaya Pushcha”: combining nature protection and sustainable development " was launched. A session of a competitive commission on rendering financial support to the suppliers of agro-tourism services of this region was held. Twelve best mini-projects of eighteen submitted applications on improvement and development of village houses were selected. In this connection the biggest attention was given to long termination, attractiveness and originality of the mini-projects, to wish for accepting the tourists and, what is the most important, to preservation of biodiversity, historical, cultural and natural heritage.

As a result, the representatives of the Kamenetz district of the five districts of the Brest and Grodno regions, where the owners of fife village houses became the winners, proved to be designed the best parameters. Three owners are from the Zelvsk district, two ones are from the Svisloch district, and two (one + one) owners are from the Pruzhany and Volkovysk districts.

For example, Michael and Irina Makei from the Zelvsk’s house "Veras" have made a unique collection of mills in order to create a museum of village crafts. One of the basic directions of the exposition will be a history of flour-grinding and groats-producing industry in Belarus. They plan in prospect to construct a water mill at the river of Bereza (Birch) which runs near their fabulous "estate".

The winners of the competition are nominated the local coordinators of micro-projects and will get financial support at a rate of 1,000 to 2,000 US $ for development of potential of agro-tourism of the region covered by the project.

Leontiy KUCHKO
July 08, 2006 "Zarya" (Dawn) Newspaper, No 59 A summer wardrobe of a Grandfather Frost

A Belarusian Grandfather Frost who lives in Belovezhskaya Pushcha has clothes for various seasons. While hot days he meets the visitors in linen clothes with a Belarusian girdle, having put legs on easy bast shoes and having covered a head with a straw cap. The only one thing of his costume, a staff remains invariable.

Photo by Roman Kobyak, BelTA
July 05, 2006 "Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (The Kamenetz’s News) Newspaper, No 59 "A magic of forgotten secrets"

"A magic of forgotten secrets", a book under this title, in which the legends and stories from the vicinities of Belovezhskaya Pushcha was issued in Hajnowka (Poland).

The book edited by Natalia Gerasimiuk is a result of the project with the same name implemented by the association of the museum and the Centre of Belarusian culture in Hajnowka. The project (under the authorship of the same indefatigable, persevering and purposeful woman, Natalia Gerasimiuk) was carried out in some stages. A seminar was held in Hajnowka this summer, to which a Belarusian delegation was invited. Then the meetings with the local people (the pupils, their teachers and the experts on local lore from Hajnowka and the Kamenetz district were the participants) aimed to gather information was organized. This year in March in the same Hajnowka, texts were made and translated, and in May the book in Belarusian and Polish was issued. (It is necessary to underline the contribution of the inhabitant of the town of Vysokoe, Tamara Lavrenchuk who was a proof-reader and interpreter of the book). The book contains the legends of the area of Podliassie, basically of the areas of Hajnowka and Belsk - 50 legends, Kamenetz – 17 ones, Pruzhany – 12 ones, Svisloch - 4 legends.

Beyond doubt, the book will contribute to strengthening partnership links between the people of the frontier area and will broad our knowledge about the history of the region of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Look for the new book in our libraries and read it.

Georgi MUSEVICH