Management of Wisent population within a Natura 2000 site
Wisents in Bieszczady Mountains live mostly outside of national park, so their conservation has to be compromised with forest management plans within newly established Natura 2000 site. Analysis of seasonal and annual variability of wisent concentration sites, identified as areas with 50% probability of animals’ presence, allowed to indicate most frequented parts of wisents’ home range. Through a comparison of those areas with current
forest management plan, selected were forest compartments that are not scheduled for logging or major forest works until the end of the validity of this forest management plan. The joint area of those compartments was approved by the Regional Directorate of State Forests as wisent refuges divided into two zones: (1) a zone for the habitat improvement for wisents, and (2) a zone of particular protection. Additionally, in forest compartments situated within seasonal
migration corridors ensured will be the continuity of ecosystems. Bieszczady are the first Natura 2000 site having officially approved refuges for a large mammal.
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