Dear Madam / Dear Sir,
As you might know, the situation concerning management of Šumava National Park in The Czech Republic has become critical.
The Minister of Environment of the Czech Republic, Mgr. Tomáš Chalupa, appointed PhDr. Jan Stráský to the position of director of Šumava National Park (on 16 February 2011). The new director is going to increase salvage logging within the core zone of the Šumava National Park. This core zone was established as a non-intervention area after the windstorm Kyrill in 2007, covering approximately 25 % of the area of the National Park and including its most valuable sites.
Only a little time remains to prevent or adjust these management plans because the Czech Ministry of Environment is going to make its final decision before the end of April 2011. This decision will influence whether the new director's measures will be approved and if exceptions from the Czech nature protection law (114/1992 Sb.) will be allowed.
On 21 March 2011, the Czech Ecological Society sent an open letter addressed to representatives of the Czech government and parliamentary parties. The Czech Ecological Society is seriously concerned about the possible breaking of principles of nature protection and ethics. The open letter was intended to garner support from other scientific and educational institutions. However, it is being supported also by individuals.
Please, support the concept of wild and spontaneously developing mountain spruce ecosystems in Šumava National Park, on the border with the wild nature of the German Bavarian Forest National Park. Sign here.
On behalf of the Czech Ecological Society
Prof. Ing. Hana Šantrůčková, CSc.
Chairwoman of the Czech Ecological Society