Centuries-old oaks are being illegally cut down in the Biloozersky National Park, – environmental activists shutterstock

Centuries-old oaks are being illegally cut down in the Biloozersky National Park, – environmental activists

Anna Velyka

Dealers work at night and professionally mask the traces of their crime

Recently, centuries-old oak trees have been illegally cut down and removed from the Biloozersky National Nature Park, which is located within the Boryspil district of Kyiv Oblast and Cherkasy district of Cherkasy Oblast.

Specialists of the Kyiv Ecological and Cultural Center (KECC) drew attention to this glaring fact.

Activists note that everything is done professionally. The oaks are cut down and secretly taken away at night, and the stumps themselves are filled with acid so that no fresh cut is visible. They assume that this is either the work of a separate gang of foresters, protected by the park management, or the park management itself.

"Because it's just very difficult for criminals to cut down oak trees in the park, knowing that there is security there," KECC activists are sure.

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They also accuse the administration of "Biloozersky" of organizing large-scale felling of healthy pine trees on its territory.

"We have repeatedly drawn attention to the unhealthy situation that has developed in the Biloozerskyi National Park," – noted the representatives of the KECC.

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In their opinion, this nature conservation facility does not perform the functions for which it was created.

"Actually, there is no nature protection and recreation in the park. The directorate uses it only as a place for commercial harvesting of wood," they are sure.

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Earlier EcoPolitic told that the director of the Kivertsi National Nature Park "Tsumanska Pushcha" was informed about the suspicion of illegal felling of trees in the amount of more than UAH 16.5 million.

In April, EcoPolitic reported that DBR revealed an illegal logging scheme in Prykarpattia with losses of UAH 250 million.

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