Silva Gabreta – Genesis of Šumava mountain forest

by Ivan Střiteskỳ and Ladislav Miko – Produced by: National Park of Šumava – Czech Republic 2011 – Running Time: 27 min. – Featured area: National Park Šumava, Czech Republic

Šumava, or Silva Gabreta, as the Romans used to call it, is home to the largest fragments of natural and close-to-nature mountain forest within the Czech Republic. This film illustrates the role natural processes play in natural forest regeneration and proves that despite the dramatic disintegration stage we do not need to fear the future of Šumava spruce forests. Human expansionism has driven native European nature into tiny fragments in protected areas. We should, therefore, rightly show some humble respect for nature’s virtually boundless ability to restore and sustain itself.