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  • Minister Szyszko and the Joint Session of the 39th European Forestry Commission

    On the 9th of October Minister Szyszko opened the Joint Session of the 39th European Forestry Commission – 75th Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry in Warsaw. Review of the activities from 2017 and those planned for the upcoming year can be found HERE. The minister also wrote a letter to the participants, inviting them […]...

  • Mass action in the Bialowieza Forest – three blockades at the same time

    For the first time ever three blockades of heavy equipment took place in the Forest simultaneously Last Friday Minister of Environment undermined the credibility of materials documenting the logging in the Forest that were sent to the European Court of Justice. It can be assumed that the resort denies the fact of intense, commercial logging. [&hell...

  • Logging just before the deadline to respond the EU Court of Justice. And another blockade.

    Machines in Bialowieza Forest District were once again blocked – more violence, girls harassed, Frenchman held at the police station for the night. The 28th of September marks the deadline to respond to the European Court of Justice regarding European Commission’s application to punish Poland for the logging in the Bialowieza Forest. Despite th...

  • Logging does not stop in the Forest

    As Poland is waiting for the decision of the European Commission whether the penalty will be charged, the logging goes on as if nothing has happened. Forest guards keep an eye on the harvesters and piles of timber grow on the sides of forest roads. The excuse still bears the name of “sanitary cuttings” but […]...

  • Trial of activists – court proceedings continued

    On the 21st of September more hearings of activists accused of violating public order took place in the court of justice in Hajnówka. The accusation refers to the blockade in Czerlonka on the 8th June, when activists protested against breaking the law and illegal logging taking place in the Bialowieza Forest. Their protest allegedly outraged [&hel...

  • Logging and violence have to come to an end. More activists needed!

    In our previous post we already wrote that after the Luxemburg hearing of Polish minister of enviroment – logging, violence towards activists and hurried selling of wood are continued just as before. For example, on the 12th and 13th of September the harvesters logged over 160-year-old spruces and some almost 200-year-old oaks in the section [&he...

  • EC wants to punish Poland. Szyszko keeps logging anyway.

    European Commission is about to impose penalty for the logging, whereas Szyszko keeps devastating the Forest and hurriedly sells harvested timber. After Minister Szyszko was interrogated in Luxemburg, the European Commission has 4 days to justify their request to punish Poland. Poland has 4 days for a reply. It might be assumed that after such [&he...

  • Just before the session in the European Court of Justice – more dangerous but efficient protests

    The last days before the session in the European Court of Justice brought more dangerous but efficient protests. We already informed you about the life threatening situation with the forwarder’s operator trying to run over a group of activists. (Read our previous post). On September 6, about 50 activists from the Camp for the Forest and Gre...

  • Dangerous behaviour of a machine operator

    After a few days with harvesters parked instead of working, the situation is back to what it had been. Yesterday (5/9/2017), during a patrol, 4 activists came across a harvester and a forwarder in the old-growth forest in the Forest District of Bialowieza (one of the three districts, and the one where any logging is […]...

  • A few days of peace and quiet in the Forest

    Thursday and Friday were days of relief, as harvesters and forwarders that had been devastating the Forest remained at their parking spaces. During these days Dzika Polska and Camp for the Forest activists supported Greenpeace Poland – a group that had been blocking a transport of timber since the blockade on Wednesday, Aug. 30. The […]...