Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

This serial transnational natural UNESCO World Heritage Site encompasses 94 forests in 18 European countries. With an area of 27 square kilometers, the Jizera Mountains Beech National Nature Reserve in the Liberec Region is one of the largest national nature reserves in the Czech Republic.

The Jizera Montains component part (444.81 ha, with a buffer zone of 2,279.40) called the Jizerskohorské bučiny/Jizera Mts. Beech Forest in the Czech Republic has developed in a wet area. The Jizera Mountains component part is located on the eastern extreme of the Subatlantic-Hercynic Beech Forest Region and displays a large variety of old-growth forest characteristics. At present, old-growth beech forest covers about 95% of the component part, hosting trees up to 290 years old. The component part is congruent to the core area of a National Nature Reserve (IUCN category Ib) and has been exempt from any management activities for more than 60 years. Previously, it has only marginally been affected thanks to the hardly accessible, steep and rocky granite slopes.

World Heritage List PHOTO GALLERY WHL