Poland Wants To Log A Big Chunk Of Europe's Last Primeval Forest
Polish authorities say they plan to log 6.4 million cubic feet of an ancient European forest to control a devastating bark beetle infestation.By Ethan Weston | March 26, 2016
Poland's environmental minister has approved a plan to log almost 6.4 million cubic feet of Europe's last primeval forest.
The Bialowieza Forest straddles the Poland-Belarus border. Poland's 10-year plan aims to protect the spruce trees from the European bark beetle, which burrows into them and kills them. The government thinks logging will help the bug problem.
But some scientists say the current bark beetle outbreak is a normal part of a forest's life cycle. As the spruce trees are killed, they say more resilient ones sprout to replace the old.