Apuseni Natural Park

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Apuseni Natural Park
Parcul Natural Apuseni
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Pietrele Albe.jpg
Vlădeasa Massif, Apuseni Mountains
Map showing the location of Apuseni Natural Park
Map showing the location of Apuseni Natural Park
Location within Romania
Location  Romania
Actual Alba county CoA.png Alba County
Actual Bihor county CoA.png Bihor County
Actual Cluj county CoA.png Cluj County
Nearest city Huedin
Coordinates 46°36′14″N 22°48′36″E / 46.604°N 22.81°E / 46.604; 22.81Coordinates: 46°36′14″N 22°48′36″E / 46.604°N 22.81°E / 46.604; 22.81[1]
Area 75.784 hectares (187.27 acres)
Established 2000, designation 1990
Website www.parcapuseni.ro

The Apuseni Natural Park (Romanian: Parcul Natural Apuseni) is a protected area (natural park category V IUCN) situated in Romania, in the administrative territory of counties Alba, Bihor and Cluj.[2]

Location[edit]

The Natural Park is located in western Romania in the central-northern side of the Apuseni Mountains, comprising a part of the Bihor Mountains at south and Vlădeasa Mountains at north.[3]

Description[edit]

The Apuseni Natural Park with an area of 75.784 ha[4] was declared natural protected area by the Law Number 5 of March 6, 2000 (published in the Monitorul Oficial of Romania, Number 152 of April 12, 2000)[5] and represents a mountainous area (mountain peaks, cirques, caves, valleys, karst areas, forests and pastures), with flora and fauna specific Western Carpathians.

Natural reserves included in the park: Izbucul de la Cotețul Dobreștilor (0,20 ha), Izbucul Mătișești (2 ha), Izbucul Tăuzului (1 ha), Coiba Mare Cave (0,50 ha), Avenul din Hoanca Urzicarului (1 ha), Scărișoara Cave (1 ha) and Ghețarul de la Vârtop (1 ha) in Alba county;[6] Pietrele Galbenei(6,30 ha), Cetatea Rădesei Cave (20 ha), Poiana Florilor (1 ha), Platoul Carstic Padiș (39 ha), Valea Galbenei (70,50 ha), Valea Sighiștelului (412,60 ha), Vârful Biserica Moțului (3 ha), Platoul carstic Lumea Pierdută (39 ha), Cetățile Ponorului (14,90 ha), Ghețarul Focul Viu Cave (0,10 ha), Ciur Izbuc Cave (0,10 ha), Micula’s Cave (0,10 ha), Urşilor Cave (1 ha), Smeii de la Onceasa Cave (0,50 ha) and Cerbului Cave-Avenul cu Vacă (45 ha) in Bihor County;[7] Molhașul Mare de la Izbuc (8 ha) in Cluj county.

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