Nature and environmental protection
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A forest is much more than a plantation
A plantation is an area filled with co-eval, monospecific cultivation all the way to the horizon, almost devoid of other plants, a true ecological desert. Calling commercial forest plantations is a simple misuse of the term.
The storm after the hurricane
Nature's Armageddon, or a rather frequent natural phenomenon? The natural course of events or a disaster? Despite the two years which passed since the hurricane that destroyed large swaths of Poland's forests, and especially the Tuchola Forest, the debate about it is still heated.
There will be no desert
Due to climate change, pine, spruce, larch, and birch will disappear from our landscape. These trees form 75% of the surface of our forests. Hundreds of species of plants, mushrooms, and animals will disappear with them.
We are close to ... our suppliers
Shortening the supply chain and emphasis on local production are benefits not only for business but also for the environment. By choosing domestic products rather than those imported from the other side of the world, we reduce the carbon footprint of long-distance transportation. And that's not the only plus. This solution is also used by the local community and smaller businesses.
The long-awaited return of the lynx
Will it be possible to return to nature these wild cats, not seen in this region of Poland for gen-erations?
The fever. Alarm in the Lower Silesian forests.
There had been no solid precipitation for a few years, and springs and summers have been hotter than average. Parched by the sun, weakened by lack of water, the trees easily fall prey to a whole plethora of pests.
Problems and threats related to soil degradation and devastation in Poland
Currently, agricultural land covers approximately 19 million hectares, which is 61% of the territory of Poland1. The growing consumption and the increasing demand for plant-based products result in increased expectations related to the size of the obtained crops. For this reason, the area of arable land is gradually increasing year by year2. In addition, the most effective methods to obtain the highest possible yield with the use of various types of fertilizers, which would affect the quality of the obtained products and increase the efficiency of agricultural production, are being looked for. This leads to an annual increase in the use of conventional fertilizers, which affect the higher yields obtained.
Mission “Wood grouse”
In the ages past on our Polish lands the largest European grouse, though not exactly common, was one of the many dwellers of the forest which could be spotted if one tried. Today it is not so.
Environmentally friendly roads
The construction of new roads, as well as the reconstruction of existing ones, are carried out in accordance with the previously obtained environmental decisions, so that they have the minimum impact on the environment. Behind this very general statement, one can find much more interesting actions. However, the General Directorate of National Roads and Motorways does not just comply with environmental decisions, but is also looking for other ways to reduce the environmental impact of roads.
Greenery and its impact on human health and recreation
The fact that healthy, lush greenery is a factor that exerts a relaxing, soothing and therapeutic effect on the human body, both physically and mentally, has long been known. Already throughout the 19th century, greenery was consciously incorporated into the urban structure of cities (e.g. city squares, parks, public gardens, children's playgrounds, or numerous spa parks in health resorts), intensifying such activities in the 20th century (restoration of natural resources after World War I and II, establishment of new multi-purpose parks and theme gardens) . This positive role of greenery is now of particular importance, e.g. in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which, apart from the pathogenic impact of the virus itself, has had devastating consequences for the quality of life of a significant portion of the human population, exacerbating the already existing mental health problems and general health condition.