Riserva Naturale Regionale Monte Genzana Alto Gizio
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Protected Area

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  • Monte Genzana Alto Gizio Regional Nature Reserve:
    • Land Surface Area (ha): 3.160,00
    • Regions: Abruzzo
    • Provinces: L'Aquila
    • Municipalities: Pettorano sul Gizio
    • Establishment Measures: LR116 28/11/1996
    • PA Official List: EUAP1089
  • Further managed Protected Areas:
    • Zona Speciale di Conservazione Monte Genzana



The Territory

Its territory, developing between the 530m asl of the river Gizio and the 2,170m asl of Mt. Genzana, consists of very different natural environments preserving a considerable heritage of flora and fauna. As a matter of fact, there are the river environments of the river Gizio and the stream Riaccio, mixed woodlands dominated by Downy oaks and Hornbeams in the hills, often growing with Common Yew and Maples in the mountains, the sub-alpine prostrate shrubs and the alpine summit grasslands.

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The Nature Reserve is characterized by a great biological diversity, offering an almost complete panorama of the wildlife of the Apennines.
Besides the general wildlife richness, it is important to highlight that the Reserve and the adjacent areas house two important wildlife species which, according to the European Union Directives, are considered species of Community interest: the Brown Bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus), also the symbol of the Reserve, and the Wolf (Canis lupus).

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The territory of the Reserve houses all the bioclimatic levels of the Central Apennines, from the hills to the Alps, with some more constant vegetational typologies. The hills are dominated by thermophile woodlands consisting of Downy oak (Quercus pubescens) and European Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya carpinifolia). The mountains are characterized by beech tree woodlands, the sub-alpine area by prostrate shrubs, and the alpine areas by summit grasslands.

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