Bosco Fontana VEN2 - Italy

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Site Name: 

Bosco Fontana VEN2

Site Code: 

LTER_EU_IT_037

Country (Site Location): 

Italy

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General Site Description: 

The State Nature Reserve モBosco della Fontanaヤ is one of the last remaining examples of lowland forest in the Po Valley. The oak-hornbeam forest, which covers a surface area of 198 ha, is the dominant habitat in the reserve, is completed by a grassland an

UUID: 

0585b394-faf2-4850-913f-6351aace73e4
General Characteristics, Purpose, History

Site Status: 

existing

Year Established: 

1976

Size : 

236.00ha

Purpose of Site : 

Studies on: - Forest dynamic - Evaluation of the canopy healthfulness - Atmospheric ozone measurement - atmospheric rainfall chemistry - Lucanus cervus monitoring - Evaluation of ozone damage on vegetation - Vegetation analysis - River EBI index - Basidiomycetes and ascomycetes monitoring - Meteorological data survey

History of Site: 

Bosco Fontana is an ancient primary woodland and represents one of the last remnant of the original Po plain forest. The historic events that have influenced the area are the fragmentation and the decrease of the forest habitat surface, the modification in the forest composition and structure. One of the most relevant events happened is the heavy storm in 1949, which uprooted more than 1500 m3 of wood, leaving “naked” a 50 ha area. The consequent reforestation with allochthonus species (plane tree and red oak) constitutes another alteration of the natural ecosystem. The allochthouns species are progressively eliminated to reconstitute the original oak-hornbeam woodland. From a faunistic point of view, the area represents a “tank” of forest species disappeared or extremely rare in the other areas. The central grassland, used for grazing till 70s, is now treated with scheduled mows.

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Latitude: 45.200900000000
Longitude: 10.744000000000

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