Illegal felling of fir trees in Transcarpathia will be punished with big fines and even imprisonment
The established limits allow for harvesting of 26,552 Christmas trees. The limits are approved by the order of the head of the regional state administration, - the press service of the Transcarpathian Regional Forestry and Hunting Range Administration informs. It is 9 thousand trees less than that in the last year.
The largest number of Christmas trees will be harvested in Volovets state forestry enterprise - 7,000 trees and in Mizhhirya state forestry enterprise - 5,200 trees. The least amount of trees will be harvested in Uzhgorod state forestry enterprise - only 50.
To meet the demands of the district population, foresters and representatives of the district state administration and council will organize specially designated trade areas for wholesale and retail sale of Christmas trees.
All Christmas trees for sale will be marked with plastic tags or stripes with bar code.
The State Forestry Agency reports that the fine for illegal cutting of fir trees on the eve of the New Year and Christmas holidays this year is 399 to 1,852 hryvnia, depending on the damage.
Article 246 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine "Illegal felling of trees" stipulates that illegal felling of trees or shrubs in forests, that caused significant damage, as well as the commission of such actions in the reserves or on the territories and objects of the nature reserve fund, or in other specially protected forests is punishable by a fine of three hundred to five hundred tax-free minimum (5,100-8,500 UAH) or arrest for a term of up to six months, or restraint of liberty for a term of up to three years, or imprisonment for the same period.