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White Carpathians - Protected Areas


This small-scale protected area has been designated to conserve native Carpathian beech forest.

The gale which struck here in Sidonie in 2007, ended the life many trees in the reserve, including that of a majestic beech tree called “The King of the Forest”. When foresters looked closely at the “King”, they found out that it was 51.5m tall and 190years old.

However, this was not the only impressive tree in this area. The forests around Sidonie belong to the best preserved beech forests in the Czech Republic and are regularly visited by forestry experts and students from the whole country. The favourable current status is to a great extent the result of a life-long work and enthusiasm of the former forest manager – the forester Alois Indruch. When he started working here in 1953, the usual management technique would be clear-cutting: all trees in a marked area would be cut down and the clearing would be planted again with new seedlings. Indruch tried to introduce a different approach. Whenever he could, he avoided clear-cutting and preferred taking out individual trees or groups of trees. He also replaced the propagated commercial seedlings with naturally grown local seedlings from the surrounding forest. Some parts of the forest were left completely without management. His efforts significantly contributed to the authentic look of this “close-to-nature” forest and helped preserve this valuable site for future generations.


Type of protected area under CZ national legislation: Nature Reserve

Managed by: the state, through Bile Karpaty (White Carpathians) Protected Landscape Area

GPS position

N 49° 3.140', E 18° 4.217'



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