NEWS ARCHIVE: November 2001

November 03, 2001 «7 Dney» (7 Days) Newspaper, #44 «Bizon» and his double quality

This week the National Bank imposed memorial coins «Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Bizon» that is a part of «National parks and reserves of Belarus» and «Biathlon» coins that are devoted to the Olympic Games in 2002. «Bizon» is presented in double quality. The first one is a picture of a head of a Belarusian bison against the background of a semiabstract forest on a silver coin (worthiness is 20 BRB) and on a copper-nickel coin (worthiness is one BRB). The number of coins is about 2 000 and 5 000. «Biathlon» silver coin is presenting a picture of a firing sportsman against the background of firing line (worthiness is 20 BRB). The number is about 15,000.

November 09, 2001 Narodnaya Volya» (The People's Will) Newspaper, #210 A female of the red deer was killed in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

It has happened in 792 quarter of the National park not far from Chvirki village.

Poachers were taken in the flagrant act by police. Two non registered sporting guns were appropriated. And the killed animal was found.

According to an employee of the National park hunting is forbidden in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. But deer-stealers do not pay attention to the prohibition. Hunting is allowed in Shereshevskoye forest area which has being attached to Belovezhskaya Pushcha not long ago. In Shereshevskoye one is allowed to selectively shoot off weak animals. As a rule hunters are foreigners because the price of hunt is rather high.

Valiancina KAZLOVICH
November 22, 2001 «Zaria» (The dawn) Newspaper TO KILL A BEETLE WITH . AN AXE

Scientists of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park and their Polish colleagues do not remember such enormously big invasion of spruce bark beetles. When in 1921 the beetles attacked the Pushcha an English company was struggling with invaders and young trees were saved. The company was felled out damaged trees. But now lots of spruces are covered with «fire-red colour» again. Mostly old trees are damaged. The fire-red colour indicates that the tree is blasted by the spruce bark beetle. The bug is 4–5.5 mm long. It reproduces itself very quickly and eats too much. A bark is beetle's salvation but a tree is dying.

Byelorussian and Polish researches decided to save the Pushcha with an axe and a saw like English colleagues has made long ago. It is decided at the joint meeting devoted the struggle with the beetle to cut damaged trees and to carry them out of the Park.

November 24, 2001 "Sovetskaya Belorussiya" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #341 To kill a bug with an axe?

Belovezhskaya Pushcha is living through an alarming ecological period. The problem was brought by bark beetle and now a dilemma has appeared. The park personnel are trying to decide whether they should fell damaged trees what is profitable for economic planners or take protective measures which are enormously expensive for the management. Common opinion among foresters and scientists is still not found.

Fedor MUHA