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Primeval beech forests and tomorrow’s wilderness

The German beech forests are important throughout the world; because pure beech forests are a European phenomenon with its centre in Germany. The “Ancient German Beech Forests” including the areas Jasmund, Grumsin, Serrahn, Hainich and Kellerwald therefore complete the “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians” to form a common World Heritage.

The five German areas of the World Heritage are the best preserved old beech forests of the low lands and the low mountain ranges. The old forest sites represent the continuous ecological process of the reoccurrence of the copper beech following the post-glacial period as well as the biological diversity of the Central European beech forests.

According to the principle “Let nature be nature” the areas are under process conservation. The existence of 19 species of primeval forest relics reflects the outstandingly high level of closeness to nature of the old beech forests. In addition they are the home of more than two thirds of the forest plant species the spread of which focuses on Europe. This is expressed by the unique Central European natural environment which culminates in the last Central European relics of primeval forest in Jasmund and Kellerwald.

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