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farewell to trees

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 [en.wikipedia.org] 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?

I could see the smoke from very far off

this last photograph was taken by my friend on the same spot, July 1

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    • # Edyta

      this has nothing to do with controlled burns and I don't suppose they should be doing this in a strict reserve area.

      2009.07.27 Edited Reply Cancel