Dying spruce in Piačersk

Members of our NGO made a field trip to Piačersk Forest Park. The situation with sanitary clear-cutting in this island of pristine nature surrounded by the city districts is a matter of particular concern and sadness. According to an employee of Mahilyowzielianbud, old-growth spruce trees dry at least in five spots. All the trees that start to show even slight hints of drying are being promptly cut down.

The methods of cutting and transporting the harvested timber in this highly protected old-growth forest appear to be unnecessary harmful to the surrounding ecosystems.

It is also hard to understand why willow and birch are being planted everywhere.

An interactive map of the area.