26 May '16, 10am

Despite protests, Poland commences logging in Europe's last primeval woodland

The Polish government has commenced controversial logging in the Bialowieza Forest, home to the European bison and 20,000 other wildlife species . The government claims it is logging to protect the forest , but environmental groups don’t buy it. Greenpeace Poland and WWF Poland formally complained to the European Commission, but logging is set to continue anyway. According to Konrad Tomaszewski, national forest director, trees will be chopped down “to stop forest degradation ” as a spruce bark beetle has infested some of the trees . They’ll also cut down trees that could fall onto trails. Related: Poland is planning to log one of the last primeval forests of Europe Greenpeace Poland maintains the beetle infestation is natural. In a statement, activist Katarzyna Jagiello said , “The minister does not understand that this insect is a frequent and natural visitor, that it has...

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