Šumava Park director ordered use of prohibited insecticides

The director of the Šumava National Park has admitted ordering the use of powerful, prohibited insecticides in the park. In a statement sent to the Czech Press Agency, Director Jan Stráský writes that he ordered a combination of all effective means to combat the bark-beetle infestation, in spite of the fact that the requested exemption for the use of the pesticides had not yet been allowed. The Environmental organization Friends of the Earth alerted the authorities to the problem on Thursday, highlighting the danger to other insects as well as to the frogs and birds that feed on them. The Czech Inspectorate for Environmental Protection says the park management may receive a fine of up to one million crowns.