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Lopenik Area


Forests cover almost 45% of the total area of the White Carpathians (Bile Karpaty) Protected Landscape Area. Only about a half of the 45% is made up of deciduous forests (the native type of forest here).

Forests with Quercus robur (commonly known as the English oak or pedunculate oak), Quercus petraea (the Sessile Oak), the hornbeam, lime, and occasionally some beech are typical of the lower lying parts of the area. Higher up these oak-hornbeam forests gradually change into beech forests and the highest elevations have traditionally been dominated by ravine (slope, scree) forests. The most important deciduous tree species of the White Carpathians is undoubtedly the beech and the extensive semi-native beech forests at the Vlara Pass in the northern part of the Protected Landscape Area are considered some of the best preserved and most valuable forests in the Czech Republic. Not far from here, on the slopes of Velka Javorina, the highest peak of the White Carpathians, you can find one of the oldest protected areas in Moravia – the Javorina National Nature Reserve. It was designated for the protection of a fragment of an ancient forest, which has now been left to natural succession, with no, or at best severely restricted, forest management.

However, large areas of the native forests had been lost due to the introduction of fast growing but non-native monocultures, especially those of spruce. For a long time, the forests have been managed without due consideration for nature conservation and the popular logging methods (clear-cutting) have only reluctantly been giving way to more sensitive ways of forest management.

Velka Javorina

GPS position

N 48° 55.966', E 17° 46.042'



Vzdělávací a informační středisko Bílé Karpaty, o.p.s.
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