Nationalpark Kellerwald-Edersee - Germany

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Nationalpark Kellerwald-Edersee

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The first national park in Hesse protects one of the last large beech forests in Central Europe which is neither dissected by roads nor settlements on a total surface area of 5,738 ha. Its Luzulo-Fagetum beech forests of the lower altitudinal zone are among the last ones in Central Europe as regards size, coherence and closeness to nature. They are characterized by an outstandingly high proportion of deadwood and remnants of primeval forest. Typical cohabitations of birds and bats as well as inhabitants of deadwood including primeval forest indicators are distinguishing features of the calm forest landscape – evidencing the international importance and qualification to be recognized as World Natural Heritage. Hardwoods and rocky slope forests, dry oak forests, streamside forests, firewitch-vegetated bedrocks, pure-water springs and creeks as well as wooded meadow valleys and remnants of rough pastures complete the extraordinary ensemble.

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5 738.00ha

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The Kellerwald-Edersee National Park was founded on the 1st of January 2004. With an area of 5,738 ha, it protects one of the last large and unspoilt stocks of red beech forest in Central Europe on acidophilous soil. The area is furthermore not criss-crossed by roads and free of settlements, only hiking routes and trails, as well as simple adventure and education services are offered. The central objectives of Kellerwald-Edersee National Park monitoring programme are the investigation of the oligotrophic beech woodlands as well as of the peculiarities of the natural habitats of the area. Long term observation (Monitoring) developes the knowledge of forest ecology and the understanding of the natural cycles. The topics of our natural forest analysis are the worlds of plants and animals, habitat structures, ecological principles, budget of materials and hydrological balance and the Natura-2000 Monitoring project. The socio-environmental analysis is concerned with the social and educational worth of the non-managed forest ecosystems. Description and detailed data are available from the National Park management plan (National Park Authority Kellerwald-Edersee 2008).

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    Nationalpark Kellerwald-Edersee
  • most impressive panorama of the Nationalpark Kellerwald-Edersee
    most impressive panorama of the Nationalpark Kellerwald-Edersee
  • Beeches and Oaks
    Beeches and Oaks in the Nationalpark Kellerwald-Edersee
  • forest landscape
    forest landscape in the Nationalpark Kellerwald-Edersee
  • One of a hundred bizarre beeches
    One of a hundred bizarre beeches


Latitude: 51.146107000000
Longitude: 8.978149000000