Poland backpedals on forest management

Poland has announced plans to increase timber harvesting from a forest protected under the Habitats Directive and which the European Commission previously intervened to protect

Poland has announced plans to increase timber harvesting from a forest protected under the Habitats Directive and which the European Commission previously intervened to protect.

The state company State Forests wants to boost production from Bialowieza forest, a Natura 2000 forest which is also a UNESCO world heritage site, from 63,000 cubic metres of timber per year to 320,000 by 2021.

 WWF said this risked turning the forest into “an ordinary tree plantation”.

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