Several forests remain closed to the public following a danger of falling trees

10-08-2008

Numerous forested areas in the protected nature reserve at Žďárské Vrchy east of Prague will remain closed to the public throughout the summer, say the authorities in the area. The reasons for sealing off the areas from the public – around 800 hectares – are said to be a severe danger of falling trees uprooted and damaged after storms in the area in late June. At present, forestry experts are working in the area to clear fallen and damaged trees. The region is popular with Czech tourists, and the forest authorities have been complaining that some are ignoring warning signs to stay out of the prohibited areas.