WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Environmentalists say Poland has until Saturday to explain to European Union authorities why it has increased logging in Europe's last primeval forest, or face EU court.
The European Commission says the logging in Bialowieza Forest breaches EU laws protecting nature and is a threat to the UNESCO World Heritage site. It threatens to take Poland before the EU's Court of Justice.
Head of Greenpeace in Poland, Robert Cyglicki, said Friday that habitats of rare species, like the Boros schneideri beetle, are being destroyed by the logging and the heavy equipment used.
Poland's Environment Ministry argues the intensified logging is done outside the oldest woodland and is intended to prevent the spread of harmful bark beetle.
It maintains the logging is in line with national and EU regulations.