Old growth forest under Suchy vrch in Great Fatra mountains in Slovakia are protected
31. január 2014
The Nature Reserve Suchy vrch (“Dry hill”) in the National Park Great Fatra in the Slovak republic will be enlarged from 71 ha to 288,74 ha since 1st February 2014. The purpose of the designation is protection of the unique old growth forest. This is a result of the long-term effort, negotiations, lobbing and advocacy work of the local environmental NGO PRALES.
Polana – Old Growth Forests on volcano
06. február 2013
Polana is one of the highest extinct volcano (1 458 m) preserved in the Central Europe and is well known for its one of the largest old growth forests in Slovakia. Forests of Polana have preserved their natural character for a much longer period than in the surrounding areas especially due to the presence of a vast hunting grounds (Zvolen forest - „Silva de Zolum“, Big forest - Magna silva 1291) owned by an aristocracy.
Protected area Velky Radzim - sixty years old story
10. december 2012
Striking and prominent landmarks of the Dobsinske foothill - massifs of the Velky and Maly Radzim are surrounded by an agricultural country. This magical mountain has been always luring to be climbed and to date it is evoking reverence of the local people. Velky Radzim therefore remained relatively little disturbed by human activities and it represents a small island of a high biodiversity.
Harvesting of old growth forest Velky Bok
11. jún 2012
Logging of the site Velky bok once again diminished area of old growth forests in Slovakia. Further sites of old growth forests have been severely damaged. FSC Slovakia identified 122 localities of old growth forests with area over 25 ha during years 2009 and 2010. Their total area, of just above 10 000 ha, represents less than 0, 5% of the forested area in Slovakia. Despite of international commitments of Slovakia attempts to protect old growth forests effectively fail.
New nature reserve Smrekovica
15. máj 2012
A new protected area, Smrekovica was designated on 15 May 2012. Natural spruce forests, which have on most of the area character of the old growth forests, and that are home to many precious species of plants and animals, became strictly protected on the total area of 235ha.
Least of Old Growth Forests is in Europe
28. apríl 2011
United Nations Organization (UN) has declared the 2011 year to be the International Year of Forests. Traditionally, in Slovakia, April is a month of forests. These all seem to be good reasons to resume the state of world’s forests and the state of the Slovak forests.
Less Old Growth Forests than estimated
29. november 2010
Mapping of the old growth forests in Slovakia has shown that their occurrence is significantly lower than it was originally estimated. Out of originally an extensive area of the old growth forests nowadays are preserved only small isolated fragments that represent only about 0, 47% forest area of Slovakia.