(byälôvyĕ`zhä), Belarusian Bielavieskaja pušča, Pol. Puszcza Białowieska, Rus. Belovezhskaya Pushcha, large forest, c.450 sq mi (1,170 sq km), E Poland and W Belarus. The last great first-growth forest of Europe, its varied trees (predominantly pines) shelter many animals, including boar, deer, European bison, and tarpan horse. It was a favorite hunting ground of Polish kings. It passed to Prussia in 1795, was annexed by Russia in 1807, but was restored to Poland in 1921 when the country was reestablished after World War I. The first Polish national park was established as forest reserve in the center of the forest in 1921. In 1939 the forest was incorporated into the USSR after its invasion and annexation of E Poland. After World War II nearly half of the region was returned to Poland. Today both sections of the forest have national parks, and the entire Polish section is protected under European Union directives.
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The removals of Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, whose decision to cut trees in the pristine Bialowieza Forest has led to a procedure against Poland at the European Court of Justice, shows a will to mend fences within the EU.
Kill rates and predation by wolves on ungulate populations in Bialowieza Primeval Forest (Poland).
Poland reacted coolly to a warning it could incur fines for continuing to log in the Bialowieza forest, a UnescoWorld Heritage site, saying on Tuesday its actions were lawful.
To complete the picture, you should also know that Polish government refuses to follow the interim measures issued by the European Court of Justice with regard to the logging in the Bialowieza Forest and the Polish government has announced further measures with regard to, what is called, 'deconcentration of the media'.
2001: Feeding habits of the otter and the American mink in Bialowieza Primeval Forest (Poland) compared to other Eurasian populations.
Poland said on Monday it would press on with logging the country's primeval Bialowieza forest in defiance of a ruling by the European Union's top court, saying it needed to cut down trees to defeat insect pests, according to Straitstimes.
The session will also discuss issues like the Palestinian motion to deny Israel sovereignty over Jerusalem and the level of protection Poland gives its pristine Bialowieza forest.
Gavril Abramovich Ilizarov was born in Bialowieza, Poland in 1921 (Figure 1).
Factors shaping population densities and increase rates of ungulates in Bialowieza Primeval Forest (Poland and Belarus) in the 19th and 20th centuries.