Czech forests recording worst damage in fifteen years
Foresters around the country are busy clearing the damage of last week's gale force winds. The extent of the devastation is still being assessed but latest estimates say four and a half million cubic metres of wood were affected - the worst damage recorded in the last fifteen years.
"There are many people in the forests who want to see how big the damage is. We are trying to tell them that it is very risky for them to be there because many trees are broken and unstable and people can get hurt or killed. We also have to be really quick with removing the damage because of the bark beetle. It wakes up after the third day of Spring, when temperatures reach 12 degrees Celsius and starts to eat the wood."
"The wind caused two kinds of damages. The first was that some trees broke one-third of the way down. As a result, the wood has to be sold at a lower price because it is no longer good quality wood, which is usually used to make furniture and so on. The second type was when the wind pulled trees out of the ground. In this case the wood was not damaged but the number of these trees is much lower than those that broke."