East Carpathians Protected Landscape Area

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Eastern Carpathians Protected Landscape Area
CHKO Východné Karpaty
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Location North-eastern Slovakia, Low Beskids
Coordinates 49°20′N 21°55′E / 49.333°N 21.917°E / 49.333; 21.917Coordinates: 49°20′N 21°55′E / 49.333°N 21.917°E / 49.333; 21.917
Area 253.07 km2 (97.7 sq mi)
Established 7 September 1977
Governing body Správa CHKO Východné Karpaty (CHKO Východné Karpaty Administration) in Humenné

East Carpathians Protected Landscape Area (Slovak: Chránená krajinná oblasť Východné Karpaty) is a protected landscape area in north-eastern Slovakia, in the Prešov Region, in the Carpathian Mountains. The PLA occupies a slice of land along with the border with Poland. The park was first created in 1977, when it was originally larger than today, occupying area of 968.1 km2 (373.8 sq mi) until 1997, when the Poloniny National Park was created in the eastern part, reducing the area into 253.07 km2 (97.7 sq mi).


Beech forests are dominant in the park, with the corresponding plant and animal associations. Original growth forests constitute an ideal environment for protected or threatened species, such as the Gray Wolf, lynx, bear, otter and others.

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