Reuters: Activists lobby EU about logging in Poland’s ancient forest

(Reuters) – Poland’s plans to increase logging in the Bialowieza Forest could breach European Union law because it would some of its destroy natural habitats, campaigners lobbying the European Commission for action said on Tuesday.

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The forest is a UNESCO World Heritage site that sprawls across the border between Poland and Belarus, occupying almost 580 square miles of woodland and providing home to rare European wood bison among others.

Environment Minister Jan Szyszko said in March he would approve a tripling in the volume of wood to be harvested because of an infestation of the spruce bark beetle.

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