A Force Of Nature

Adam Wajrak walks a narrow path in his dual role as an activist fighting to protect Poland's ancient woodlands, and as his country's leading environmental journalist. Wajrak, 33, a staff writer for Warsaw's Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, always thought he'd become a scientist or zoologist. "For as long as I can remember, I was fascinated by animals," he says.

Instead, he went to work for the Gazeta Wyborcza in 1991, funneling his fascination into writing about animal and plant life. Since then, Wajrak has chronicled in books and articles what many fear is a fast-disappearing Polish wilderness. He goes...

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