Ponitrie Protected Landscape Area
|Ponitrie Protected Landscape Area
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Hrádok, Vtáčnik mountains
|Area||376.65 km² (145.4 mi²)|
|Established||24 June 1985|
|Governing body||Správa CHKO Ponitrie (Ponitrie PLA administration) in Nitra|
Ponitrie Protected Landscape Area (Slovak: Chránená krajinná oblasť Ponitrie) is one of the 14 protected landscape areas in Slovakia. The Landscape Area is situated in the Tribeč and Vtáčnik mountains, in western Slovakia. It is situated in the Nitra, Zlaté Moravce, Žarnovica, Topoľčany, Partizánske and Prievidza districts.
Geography and geology
Although the PLA's territory is compact, it is made of two different landscapes. Vtáčnik, in the north is a range of volcanic origin and is part of the Slovenské stredohorie mountains. Beech and fir trees dominate in the area. The highest mountain is Vtáčnik at 1,345.8 m (4,415.4 ft). Tribeč, in the south, is a crystalline mountain range built on granitoide rocks, limestone and dolomite. Beech, hornbeam and in higher locations oak forests are covering the area. The highest mountain is Veľký Tribeč at 829.6 m (2,721.8 ft).