Posted by: Bob Payne | April 7, 2011

Poland’s environmentalists fight foresters for heart of primeval forest

It is a spectacle of savage beauty: splintered stumps and trunks lie like battlefield corpses between soaring oak and lime trees. Ochre-fringed bracket fungus feasts on the dead wood, while the first green shoots of spring pierce the leaf mold, amid the tracks of wolves and bison. For ecologist Janusz Korbel, standing in the forest he loves and surrounded by decaying logs and branches, it is this life springing from death that is at the heart of this untouched place. “It’s a kind of Eden,” he says. “It was not created by humans.”

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