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Greenpeace protests logging in Poland's rare primeval forest

  • Greenpeace activists spread a giant banner on Poland's Environment Ministry that reads: "(Make) All the Forest a National Park" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The protest comes in reaction to government plans for widespread logging in the Bialowieza forest, Europe's last primeval forest. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Greenpeace activists spread a giant banner on Poland's Environment Ministry that reads: "(Make) All the Forest a National Park" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The protest comes in reaction to government plans for widespread logging in the Bialowieza forest, Europe's last primeval forest. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greenpeace activists hold a banner as they stand on the roof of Poland's Environment Ministry building in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The protest comes in reaction to government plans for widespread logging in the Bialowieza forest, Europe's last primeval forest. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Greenpeace activists hold a banner as they stand on the roof of Poland's Environment Ministry building in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The protest comes in reaction to government plans for widespread logging in the Bialowieza forest, Europe's last primeval forest. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • A photographer takes pictures as Greenpeace activists spread a giant banner on Poland's Environment Ministry that reads: "(Make) All the Forest a National Park" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The protest comes in reaction to government plans for widespread logging in the Bialowieza forest, Europe's last primeval forest. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    A photographer takes pictures as Greenpeace activists spread a giant banner on Poland's Environment Ministry that reads: "(Make) All the Forest a National Park" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The protest comes in reaction to government plans for widespread logging in the Bialowieza forest, Europe's last primeval forest. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

Environment activists have protested Poland's plans of extensive logging in Europe's last primeval forest and have demanded full protection for the rare Bialowieza woods.

Greenpeace members on Tuesday spread a banner on the Environment Ministry that read "(Make) All of the Forest a National Park," a protective status that would ban logging.

Last month, Environment Minister Jan Szyszko approved extensive logging in the Bialowieza Forest, in northeastern Poland, saying it was to help fight the spreading invasion of bark beetle, a kind of woodworm that attacks and kills trees.

The forest is on UNESCO's World Heritage list and is home to hundreds of wild bison, over 60 other species of mammals and hundreds of species of trees, plants and lichens. It stretches into Belarus.