Statement concerning logging in the Białowieża Forest in Eastern Poland
The INTECOL Board has been informed by members about the plans of the Polish government to allow much greater logging in the Białowieża Forest in Eastern Poland than earlier established in long-term management plans. These major changes in the exploitation of the vast forest areas in the Polish part of Białowieża have been motivated officially by outbreaks of the bark beetle, which is affecting spruce trees in the outer areas of the forest. In these mixed forest areas, spruce is only a minor vegetation component and the bark beetle damage, even to the extent that it kills spruce trees, by no means warrants the logging of entire mixed forest stretches with many very large and old deciduous trees. The Board has sent an open letter to the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Environment in Poland voicing its concern over this issue. The full letter is available here.