Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Šumava National Park - Czech Republic

This is an amazing view of the Šumava National Park. The park is located in the Plzeň and South Bohemian Regions of the Czech Republic along the border with Germany and Austria. 
Since 1990 it has been the protected Biospherical Reserve of UNESCO.

Foto: Jiri Suttner
The Šumava Range is covered by the most extensive forest in Central Europe, whose natural composition was, however, changed and today spruce plantations prevail in most of the area. In many places non-native spruce varieties were planted. These are not well adapted to the harsh local climate and are therefore susceptible to a range of elements, such as strong winds (e.g. in the 1980s or recently at the beginning of 2007) and bark beetle (Ips typographus). Numerous large plateaux with raised peat bogs, glacial lakes and remnants of primeval forests (e.g. Boubín) complete a mosaic of habitats which are little disturbed by human settlements as most of the predominantly German speaking inhabitants were expelled after the World War II and the area became a part of the deserted zone along the Eastern block border. Since the 1970s there has existed a stable population of lynxes. - in: wikipedia

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