Kurjenrahka National Park
|Kurjenrahka National Park (Kurjenrahkan kansallispuisto,|
|Area||29 km2 (11 sq mi)|
|Biomes||bog, primeval forest|
|IUCN category||II - National Park|
Kurjenrahka National Park (Finnish: Kurjenrahkan kansallispuisto, Swedish: Kurjenrahka nationalpark) is a national park in Southwest Finland. It was established in 1998 and covers 29 square kilometres (11 sq mi). The area consists mainly of bog but also includes primeval forests, some of which have been unmanaged for over 150 years. The Eurasian lynx is a permanent resident of Kurjenrahka, but brown bears and gray wolves have also been observed and are known to reside in areas within or close to the park. Marked trails in the general area extend to over 300 km.
In Middle Ages the forests were jointly owned by the local parish. In early 1800s two manors bought them, but they had financially hard times and had to sell them to the state before end of the 19th century. Before selling, they logged clear all areas with easy access, but some islands in middle of mires remained unlogged.
- Media related to Kurjenrahka National Park at Wikimedia Commons
- Kurjenrahka National Park travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Outdoors.fi – Kurjenrahka National Park
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