Scientists warn Šumava nature reserve at threat

Czech scientists have sent an open letter to the prime minister, Petr Nečas, expressing deep concern over the present management of the Šumava National Park. The head of the park has said he will take active measures against bark-beetle infestation and has asked for the Environment Ministry to declare a calamity situation in the affected regions, opening the way to extensive logging. The park’s new director Jan Strásky has moreover angered the scientific community by refusing to heed the advice of scientists on the National Park’s Council. In the open letter scientists warn that if left to its own devices the park’s new management may do irreversible harm to the valuable eco-systems and biotopes in the Šumava nature reserve.