Restrictions on felling in spruce stands due to bark beetles / Article

Restrictions on felling in spruce stands due to bark beetles / Article
Restrictions on felling in spruce stands due to bark beetles / Article
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The State Forestry Service informed that the restrictions regarding spruce forests were established between April 1 and August 31.

Protection zone A includes the valuable spruce forest, zone B – conifer forests 100 meters from the valuable spruce forest, zone C – spruce forests 101-500 meters away from the valuable spruce forest.

Economic activity restrictions set in protection zones:

  • Cutting down trees is prohibited in the protection zone A and B,
  • Cutting of trees is prohibited in protection zone C
    • in maintenance and main selection cutting;
    • in clear-cutting and reconstructive cutting in an area of ​​less than 0.8 hectares.

If more than 20% of the area of ​​the felled conifer falls in the protection zone B or C, then the entire forest stand is included in the protection zone with the strictest protection regime.

Valuable spruce forests and their protection zones are reflected in the national information system.

The eight-toothed spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) is considered the most aggressive and dangerous pest of spruce stands throughout Eurasia, as it can infest not only weakened spruces, but also completely healthy trees. Therefore, the State Forestry Service invites forest owners to inspect their spruce stands, as this is the only way to detect the proliferation of pests in the particular stand and take the necessary protective measures.

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