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“The biggest mass propagation since Maria Theresia”

Article by Robert Spannlang (translated by Eva Guzely) | 12.07.2018 - 09:30

“Currently, the Czech Republic is facing the biggest bark beetle catastrophe since the times of Empress Maria Theresia”, declared Richard Brabec, Czech Environment Minister, during a hearing in the House of Representatives which took place on Tuesday. According to Brabec and Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman, bark beetles have infested half of the country’s regions by now. Many commercial forests are also affected.

The two ministers estimate that it could take at least two years until the fight against the parasite has a visible effect. Toman calls for 6,000 additional forestry workers to be employed in order to regain control of the situation.