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Old growth forest under Suchy vrch in Great Fatra mountains in Slovakia are protected

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.

During research it have been discovered many rare and threatened species, 42 of lichens, 11 moss, 11 fungus and 32 plants on this locality. It has been found also 82 bird species, out of which is the most precious Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria).  Old growth forests are located on a rocky steep slope with varied relief. In the tree composition dominates spruce and beech, but there are also fir, maple, elm, ash and many others. The one species that deserve special attention is the yew tree. The circumference of the thickest spruce tree measured on the locality is 460 cm, and the oldest spruce is approximately 430 years old.

We have been working on the mapping and protection of the old growth forests since 2009. According to our findings, there is 120 sites of the old growth forests of the total area about  10 000 hectares, which represents only 0, 5% area of the Slovak forests. Unfortunately, more than 50 sites are still not protected”, says Juraj Vysoky, representative of the environmental NGO PRALES.

 

Nature reserve Suchy vrch

Nature reserve Suchy vrch