EU warns Poland: Stop widespread logging in primeval forest; Vanessa Gera; AP

Poland – Białowieża Forest

The European Union asked Poland on Thursday to stop massive logging in one of Europe’s last primeval forests, warning it might take the country to the European Court of Justice if it doesn’t reverse course.

The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, said it had given Poland “a final warning” to stop the large-scale felling of trees in the Bialowieza Forest. The commission said Warsaw has a month to react, rather than the customary two-month deadline, due to the threat of “serious irreparable damage.”

Bialowieza is a last relic of an ancient forest that once stretched across the lowlands of Europe, a mossy woodland that is home to bison, storks and other animals.

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