Poland: Europe’s most pristine forest open for logging and hunting

Artur Reszko POLAND OUT

European bisons, the biggest European land mammals and the symbol of the BiaLowieza National Park, at the European Bison Show Reserve in Bialowieza, Poland, 16 March 2010.

Poland: Europe’s most pristine forest open for logging and hunting


The Polish government is moving to deregulate logging in Europe's most ancient forest, cutting down 40-meter tall 600-old oak trees in Europe's most ancient and pristine forest, Bialowieza.

What is at stake in Bialowieza is an ecosystem that hosts 20,000 animal species, including 250 types of bird and 62 species of mammals, and Europe's tallest trees. The Bialowieza Forest is between Belarus and Poland and is the last of its kind in Europe.

Over half the forest has not seen significant hum...


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