Carpathians Wilderness deserves our protection!
On March 31, 2014 in our post ‘The last roadless valley in Slovakian Carpathians Mountains’ we informed about the unique piece of Carpathian Wilderness located in the Tatra NP, Slovakia!
Please also read: Wilderness Management in Carpathians
Jalovecka Valley is the last large unfragmented piece of Carpathian Wilderness with almost any visible human intervention. Inaccessibility and missing access road for the last 40 years allowed Mother Nature to do its jobs. The valley is offering an excellent example that remarkable piece of Wilderness can survive right in the middle of Europe.
The strong windstorm hit northern part of Slovakia on May 15th 2014, (and so Tatra Mountains) up-rooted hundreds and hundreds of trees also in Jalovecka Valley. Because of private land property the complex discussion is under way and valley is again threatened with intention to construct a forest road/s and clean up the broken trees.
European Wilderness Society is already for several years in close contact with people behind the idea to protect this part of Tatra NP and supports them wherever possible. We will continue on this cooperation and keep eye on the future of this remarkable piece of Wilderness and continue to inform our readers about further development.
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2 thoughts on “Carpathians Wilderness deserves our protection!”
few more pictures here https://spis.korzar.sme.sk/c/7208301/zvyknite-si-na-ine-tatry-prisli-o-dalsie-stromy-fotili-sme-z-vrtulnika.html .
Jalovecka valley was intensively grazed in the last century and also moderately used by forestry. Due to a road damage (flood) 40 years ago and so restricted access the valley was naturally re-wilded. Valley is still full of spruce (dominant) and so vulnerable to any natural disturbance! In this time wind was so strong that even Pinus Cembra forest was damaged in Rackova – valley nearby…
We found a photo report on this windfall in Hungarian media showing the quite dramatic impact (100,000 trees):
These photos show mainly even-aged spruce forests with various forestry impacts and private cabins, incl. a paved road and railway line. Is this a different part of Jalovecka valley?