NEWS ARCHIVE: JULY 2013

July 30, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" A fabulous guest to the Father Frost's estate

Cossack Guards' World Santa Claus arrived for a friendly visit to his Belarusian friend Father Frost in his residence in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. As part of his first-ever trip to the Belarusian land, Cossack Guards' World Santa Claus timed his visit to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kievan Rus. He presented to Belarusian Father Frost a Russian Cossack award - Medal "One Faith - One Nation", in honor of St. Vladimir. In cooperation with the Belarusian friend, Cossacks' World Santa Claus greeted numerous guests on a porch at the Manor for a day and handed out gift cards to the visitors. The meeting of the wizard-friends was filmed by the Allied Union Broadcasting TV (program "Route M1"). Assistants of Belarusian Father Frost organized to Cossack's World Santa Claus the tour in zoo enclosures and Environmental Education Center of the National Park. Fellow magicians together visited a family-type orphanage in the village of V.Turna, where they handed sweets to seven kiddies. At the conclusion of his friendly visit, Cossack's World Santa Claus made a walking tour in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
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July 26, 2013 Website "BelTA" Arrival of Cossack Guards' World Santa Claus to wait in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Cossack-Guards' World Santa Claus will visit his Belarusian counterpart in Belovezhskaya Pushcha from 26 to 28 July, as BelTA learned from the tourism department of the National Park.

The friendly working visit of the Cossack Santa Claus from Gatchina of the Leningrad Region (Russia) will be held in frame of the preparation for the Project "Fairytale Map of Russia and Belarus." The guest, who visits Belovezhskaya Pushcha for the first time, will be served with a tour in the Belarusian Father Frost's Estate. It is planned that Belarusian and Cossack Santa Clauses will discuss interaction and cooperation during the meeting, and will work together. In particular, fellow magicians will go out on the residence porch to greet visitors in the Pushcha's Estate. Santa Clauses will also visit the Gregory Kofanov's border guard, located on the territory of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, and the children's social center.

Last time Cossack-Guards' World Santa Claus and Belarusian Father Frost met in June of this year at the opening of the summer season at the King Berendey's residence in Pereslavl (Russia). By the way, Cossack Santa Claus marks his birthday on December 19.

Presentation of the Project "Fairytale Map of Russia and Belarus" is planned during the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Belarusian Father Frost's estate, which will be held from 13 to 15 December 2013. The Project is implemented with a view to the development of international tourism in the two countries. The Office of Affairs of the President of Belarus and the Brest Regional Executive Committee provide the direct assistance in the preparation, organization and celebration of the anniversary of the estate. The Belarusian Telegraph Agency is a media partner of the Project.

By Svetlana Vechorko
July 22, 2013 "Svislochskaya Gazeta" (The Svisloch Newspaper) newspaper The delegation of the Svisloch district visited "Bison Fair" in Hajnowka (Poland)

As the activity within the Euroregion "Bialowieza Forest", the Polish town Hajnowka holds a festival "Bison Fair" for the seventh year. Delegations of Svisloch and Pruzhany districts from the Belarusian side were invited to this event.

The Svisloch land was represented by an official delegation from the District Executive Committee, as well as the Folk Ensemble "Mlavtsa" and Master Marina Kovalevskaya from the Crafts' House who is skillful in a rare form of creativity - Topiary. She makes amazingly beautiful compositions called "Tree of Happiness."

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These events are held in order to make more active work of artisans so that people can not only relax, but also to realize their potential. Folk artisans come from all over Poland. It was many interesting to see and, as at will, to buy souvenirs. We went also to invite guests to our future fair which will be held in late August. It will also be a grand event with participation of guests from Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. An interesting program is preparing and we hope that our fair will also become a traditional, like the "Bison Fair".

By Jadwiga Kobrinets

July 18, 2013 "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper Unconventional custom option to accommodate visitors is offered in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"

Now, in addition to hotel rooms in the administrative center of Kamenyuki and to the Tyshkevich Count's house in Zharkovschina, tourists can stay in the guest rooms of the nine forestry areas of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. According to the initiators of the idea, this option would be preferable for people who want to be as close as possible to nature, to fill the peace and tranquility of a secluded life. Prices for housing vary by room comfort. A room of "luxury" in Novoselkovskoe forestry area has the highest cost 350,000 Br a day (~$ 39). A single-room here will need to pay 180,000 Belarusian Rubles (~$ 20). The accommodation in Svislochskoe forestry area will respectively cost 200,000 and 150,000 Br (~$ 22 and 17). The cheapest accommodation in the forest is in Korolevo-Mostovskoe, Hvoynikskoe, Brovskoe and Pashukovskoe forestry areas 100,000 Br a day (~$ 11).

By Elena Tribuleva
July 18, 2013 Website "BelTA" Preparation to mark the 10th anniversary of the Estate of Belarusian Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is preparing to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Estate of Belarusian Father Frost, as BelTA learned in the tourism department of the National Park.

The celebration of the anniversary will be held from 13 to 15 December 2013. It is planned that numerous guests including participants of the Project "Fairytale Map of Russia" will arrive to Belarusian Santa Claus. In particular, invitations to Russian Father Frost from Great Ustiug, Snow Maiden from Kostroma, King Berendey from Pereslavl-Zalessky, Baba Yaga from Kukoboy and Kikimora from Vyatka have already been sent. The Estate also offers to meet World Cossack Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas of Ukraine and Bolotnik of the Berezinsky Reserve. The fairy tale characters in this representative composition will meet in Belarus for the first time.

The presentation of the Project "Fairytale Map of Russia and Belarus", during which the first international fabulous miles will be open in Pushcha, will be the central events of the holiday. Art groups, artisans' fair and presentation of Fabulous facilities are also scheduled in the program of the events.

The Presidential Office of Affairs of Belarus and the Brest Regional Executive Committee directly assist in the preparation and organization of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Estate. Belarusian Telegraph Agency is the information partner of this project.

The Estate of Belarusian Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha was opened on December 16, 2003. The main residence Pushcha of the magician, Snow Maiden tower, magic mill, 12 months glade, living Christmas spruce tree of the height of 40.5 m, alley of marks of the eastern calendar and other fabulous objects are located on an area of 15 hectares. Number of visitors to the Estate is growing every year. So, 120,000 people visited Father Frost in 2011, 135,000 people came there in 2012. Since the beginning of this year, almost 63,000 people visited the Estate.

By Svetlana Vechorko
June 16, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" International cooperation in the study of lichens

As part of the cooperation of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" with the Kuprevich's Institute of Experimental Botany at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, an expedition of scientists of the Laboratory of Mycology of the Institute was held in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Besides Belarusian researchers, scientists from the Institute of Botany at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine took part in the expedition. The purpose of the visit was to collect material for joined work on study of the molecular and genetic structure of the population of lobar lung lichen (Lobaria pulmonaria) in Eastern Europe. Researches were carried out in the framework of the Ukraine-Swiss Project "Structure of pristine forests and their biodiversity", which provided lichenological research in various habitats of this species, including the unique ecosystems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve. Mapping of habitats of Lobar lung in oak forest of Belovezhskaya Pushcha was conducted. Samples for later analysis were taken. The scientific department of the National Park assisted in the organization of the field research.
July 05, 2013 Website "Prof-Media" Belarus and Russia agree on a project on preservation and sustainable development of the Bialowieza bison subspecies

Currently, the document is being approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia.

The project covers two main areas - construction a hybrid-selection center for genetic research in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and creation of new big free-living groups of Belarusian bison on the territory of Russia in the future.

"The results of the study in the hybrid-selection center will be used for further selection of Belarusian bison. It is planned to conduct works on the improvement of the gene pool of these animals," Gregory Yanuta said. At one time, the population of Belarusian bison had to restore from five preserved animals. This led to depletion of the genetic background, to reduction of the animals' ability to adapt and, consequently, to weakening the population. According to the scientist, researches in the hybrid-selection center will allow us to study the strengths and weaknesses of Belarusian bison. "The results of the well-organized crossing between animals have to be in the enrichment of the gene pool of Belarusian bison and in the improvement of the health of the population," the representative of the National Academy of Sciences emphasized.

According to the expert, the need to settle Belarusian bison on the territory of Russia is dictated by the fact that the number of animals in populations present on the territory of Belarus has long exceeded the optimum. New populations are not created in the country since 1997, while the excess in the existing populations, such as in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, in Osipovichi and Ozerany areas, amounts to hundreds of animals. "Overpopulation leads to the fact that pastures are not enough for all the animals and they go look for food on the collective farms' fields," Gregory Yanuta said. The settlement of bison in Russia will adjust the number of the animals on the territory of the country and will ensure the preservation of this rare species in the long term.

Gregory Yanuta said that the experience of Belarusian specialists will be very valuable for the Russian side, as thanks to this it was success at one time to restore and create the second largest in Europe (after Poland) population of European bison on its territory. Today it totals 1,036 animals. Poland makes home for 1,100 animals. The worldwide number of bison is 4,000, according to BelTA.
July 01, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Cooperation with the Academy of Sciences

On June 25 to 27, scientists from the National Academy of Sciences carried out field researches in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They studied the distribution, habitats and biology of protected species of invertebrates. Some rarities - hairy rove (Emus hirtus), dragonfly emperor (Anax imperator) and armadillo bound (Glomeris connexa) - were found in the National Park. New habitats of spiders of genus Dolomedes (species are now confirmed) were identified. Scientists hope that some of them would be protected species - large driftwood spider (Dolomedes plantarius). The scientific staff of the National Park carries out similar studies. Cooperation with specialists in the different groups of invertebrates can improve and expand information on protected species of invertebrates. The results will be used in the preparation of the new edition of the Red Data Book of the Republic of Belarus.