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William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

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P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Bark Beetles in Czech Forests

Level: Advanced / C1

Here is a short article about the controversial clearance of trees in a Czech national park to control bark beetles.
Read the article and then answer the following questions:
1) Who is the EU Environment Commissioner?
2) When did the EU write to the Czech government?
3) Who is Jan Stráský?
4) How big is Šumava national park?
5) What is the neighbouring national park in Germany called?

Answers below!

1) Janez Potočnik
2) In mid-June 2012
3) Head of Šumava National Park
4) 16,827 ha
5) Bavarian Forest National Park

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