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Őrsg National Park

Size of protected area: Out of 43 934 hectrare protected area, 3104 hectares are protected to a gerater extent.
Location: The central area of the national park is surrounded by the settlements Szentgotthrd, Krmend, Zalalvő, Kerkafalva, Szentgyrgyvlgy and by the western boundary of the country.
Visiting: The majority of the area can be visited without restrictions, but it also has highly protected areas and parts which can only be visited with a permit (bog-moss meadows and raised bogs in the first place). More information is available in the vistors' centre of the national park.
Not because of its outlaw stories or dark canyons like the Bakony or Brzsny but the Őrsg is still a mysterious place even now. Though in terms of nature and history it is strongly tied to the external world, it still seems to be a closed, introverted world with a particular course of development, where nature and man is in a perfect harmony.
Besides its flora and fauna with often unique species, establishing the national park was justified by the invaluable qualities of the landscape: the plan of villages, characteristic architecture, the amazing, undisturbed landscape covered by pine forests.

The characteristic feature of the Őrsg landscape, is the sight of continuous (uninterrupted) woodland. The majority of the forests comprises of hornbeam-oaks, beeches, pine forests mixed with deciduous trees, Scotch fir forests. Spruce (Pieca) forests constitute large stretches of forests at several places, particularly in the Vendvidk.

The Őrsg is not only famous for its continuous ancient beeches and pine forests, since the wetland associations represent the same value.
There are marshes, marsh meadows wet hayfields in the vicinity of hundreds of springs and dozens of streams of different sizes. Their development is supported by the bed of clay running right under the soil stratum that prevents the rain from getting deep. As a result these areas are wet, with stagnant water, or covered by water all the year round.
The region is also rich in lakes. Lakes or lakelets can often be found among hills and in forests. Besides natural lakes, artificial ones were also created at several places by damming natural watercourses, such as the Vadsa lake near Hegyhtszentjakab, the Vadsa lake II, the Barks lake, the Himfa lake and the Mriajfalu lake.
(Source: Őrsgi Nemzeti Park - www.foek.hu)

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