Taro Park was established in 2000 as a Special Protection Area (SPA) and for this reason it is one the Sites of Community Importance of RETE NATURA 2000. Since 2003, the SPA area has been enlarged to 4,629 ha and has been called "Zona di Protezione Medio e basso Taro" (IT4020021).
The Park was established after long and hard struggles carried out by citizens, associations, and local authorities.
Everything began in the 1970s when the debate on the project to enlarge the oil refinery in Fornovo Taro opened.
Taro Park, like almost all protected areas, was born among strong local oppositions, since it lies in one of the most densely populated and high-production economic area.
Further information (Italian text)
Taro Park covers 20 km from Ponte Taro to Fornovo, along the stretch of the upper plain of the river.
The large riverbed wanders and the water covers the surrounding mattress of gravel. The banks of the watercourse are usually higher than the bed and are characterized by a mosaic vegetation.
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