Czech Republic

The Sumawa Mountains on the western borders of tehe Czech Republic host a small patch of virgin forest, called Boubin Virgin Forest. These forests are largeley unaffected by acid rain, which causes a grievous problem in other parts of the Czech Republic.

"Primeval forests in the South Bohemian mountains are ranking among the oldest protected areas in Europe and in the entire world. In 1838 an enlightened nobleman gave up any commercial use of two virgin forest stands in the Novohradske hory mountains for romantic, aesthetical and ethical reasons. Twenty years later, the famous Boubin (Kubany) Virgin Forest, at that time already studied as an open air laboratory, was declared protected by a good prince enlightened by his provident forest manager."

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