Current biodiversity and hotspots in the primeval beech forest – Poloniny National Park, the Eastern Carpathians (Slovakia)
AbstractThe research was carried out in the territory of the Bukovské vrchy hills, where natural beech forest stands contain an invaluable genetic reservoir of European beech and other species associated and dependent on these forest habitats. Present study is focused on the creation of local biodiversity hotspots. The structure of local biodiversity valuable areas is based on spatial distribution of indicator species of primeval beech forests and species of conservation interest. Field data on rare bryophytes, vascular plants, macrozoobentos and vertebrates were condensed into GIS layers. The new zonation of the Poloniny National Park was suggested. Spatial distribution of relevant species should be included in the new zonation which we believe will better ensure the protection of beech forests.
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