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farewell to trees

2009.07.28
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I could see the smoke from very far off
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this last photograph was taken by my friend on the same spot, July 1
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As I’ve been asked by my Photoblog friend (Peter) about the rationale behind the activity shown in these photographs… here is an explanation I gathered after doing some research.

These photographs were taken in Babia Góra National Park belonging to the World Network of Biosphere Reserve in the area marked as strict reservation, 1190 m above the sea level. You are not allowed to walk off the marked route when hiking there so those forest service workers obviously needed the Park management’s permit to do that kind of work. The reason they give is the need to get rid of the tree felling waste, and burning the waste on the spot is certainly easier (and cheaper) than transporting it down the hill. The alternative to waste transportation or burning is grinding the wood waste in a special machine and scattering it on the forest floor (that is what the Good Forestry Practices recommend), but obviously that involves greater costs (labor and equipment). Another reason they give is that burning promotes the fight with the fungi and insects (practically all trees in that area are infected with fungi and woodworms). However clearing large areas of trees and burning the felling waste does not sound like a good way to fight woodworms… or does it?
4 Comments
eternity65 nice shots, but why burn them in such dense area? It seems a lot safer to me to cut them down, at least they can still use the wood, and not be afraid of setting the whole forest on fire.
eternity65 · 2009-07-27: 03:24
eternity65 oepsie, now i get it. I didn't notice in the first shot that it was just the waste they were burning, as it looked like the tree was on fire at first.
But whatever the reason is for burning the waste, i still think it's a risky business. Oh well, i guess they know what they are doing ;-)

Thanks for the information!!
eternity65 · 2009-07-27: 11:59
????? They do that in the US too. They say that controlled burns reduce the risk of huge forest fires. Like Peter, I guess they know what they're doing.
????? · 2009-07-27: 15:38
Nychthemeron this has nothing to do with controlled burns and I don't suppose they should be doing this in a strict reserve area.
Nychthemeron · 2009-07-27: 16:26
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