Javorniki Sunset, and a primaeval forest impression

Today I was checking out places for our daytours and … 

After seeing several unremarkable forest reserves, I came to this place. Hidden in the Javorniki mountain range is a patch of forest which really differs. An online description tells that there are a few more dead trees compared to the surrounding forest, but this has changed, a lot. Last winter, a December storm felled many mighty Silver Firs. In the surrounding forest, they are cleaned up and transported away for their valuable timber. Here, they are laying where they fell. I hope that it can stay this way!

In managed forests, there are few dead trees, but in a natural forest, up to half of the trees can be dead! Dead trees are important for many insects and mushrooms. In turn, these provide food for other animals. Branches of fallen trees protect saplings against deer, which ensures a rapid rejuvenation of the forest. Such a place always looks exciting to me, like there may be something unexpected, just around the corner. Very different from a cleaned-up forest where you look straight through … 

If you enjoy such forest reserves as much as I do, why not join our one-day excursion to the Javorniki mountains? I may take you to the edge of this reserve, but we do not go straight through – primaeval forests demand respect and should have the least possible human impact … 

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