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NGO "ForestCom" found timber skidding by waterstreams in the Lazeshchany subunit of the SE“Yasinya forestry and hunting economy”

NGO "ForestCom" found timber skidding by waterstreams in the Lazeshchany subunit of the SE“Yasinya forestry and hunting economy”

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09.11.22

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NGO "ForestCom" found timber skidding by water streams in the Lazeshchany subunit of the SE “Yasinya forestry and hunting economy”.

Timber skidding by water streams is somethingforesters often do in mountainous areas, as there arefew roads, difficult relief, while rivers open a smoothand convenient way for machinery, where the felledtimber can be transported without problems.Increasingly, the Internet is full of information aboutsuch violations. After all, according to the law, thecompany that starts logging is obliged to build bridges,if transportation is carried out across the river, but forsome  reason this rule is not followed, instead thattimber is transported cross or even along the river,silting up the banks.

 

In Zakarpattia oblast, during the inspection of theLazeshchany subunit, experts of the NGO"ForestCom" found out that timber was being skiddedby forest streams for more than 630 m (compartments21; 18). As a result, the Feresok stream, with extremelyclear water, through which timber was skidded - hadturned into mud.

 

In addition, right in the middle of the stream, a timberdepot was arranged. Throughout the area, the banks ofrivers and streams in the forest were littered withlogging residues, branches, wood shavings etc. Thisleads to siltation of riverbeds and additionaldestruction of riverbanks. Therefore, heavy rainfall inplaces where vegetation cover is damaged leads veryeasily to flooding of gardens and entire villages,destruction of bridges and other catastrophicconsequences.

 

In addition, old vehicles, from which over and overagain various harmful substances leak out and poisonplants and animals, finally causing irreparable damageto nature. These fuels and oils find their way into therivers we drink, not even knowing about itscomposition and further impact on our health. One ofsuch skidding tractors was found in the Lazeshchanysubunit right in the middle of the stream.

 

Though timber skidding by watercourses (whether it isa river or even a stream) is strictly prohibited by law,as we can see  –  it doesn't stop anyone. Therefore, wehave sent a request to the State EnvironmentalInspectorate of Zakarpattia oblast about the revealedviolations and and to the certification bodies of forestenterprises (regarding the violation of criterion 6.7 ofthe FSC standard) and expect a prompt reaction andidentification of those responsible for  the crime againstwildlife.

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