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The Ecopark Omberg

Practice on: Ecopark
Practical details:
NUTS 1: SE1Östra Sverige
NUTS 2: SE12 Östra Mellansverige
Start date: 2003
Type of initiative:  public
Description of the practice:
An Ecopark owned and manage by the Swedish state forest Company Sveaskog. The Ecopark are a large connected ecological landscape with high nature values.. Nature conservation management in the Ecopark involves, for example, providing for broadleaves by felling invading spruce but also grazing animals, cattle and sheep and providing opportunities for different activities such as hiking and canoeing.
The concept with Ecoparks is invented by the Swedish state forest company Sveaskog. An Eco park is owned and managed by Sveaskog. Ecoparks are managed in accordance with an object specific Ecopark plan. The plans are compiled in cooperation with the authorities, non-profit organizations, Lapp representatives and other interest groups. At least half of the forest area in an Ecopark is not subjected to forestry. The first Ecopark, Omberg, was opened in 2003
Ecoparks are large connected ecological landscapes. They have high nature values. Each Ecopark is unique and should provide both people and animals with a pleasant environment. There is a special ecological point with Ecoparks. Because the parks are so extensive, threatened species with landscape ecological demands can be accommodate especially well in them. Ecoparks provide these species with favorable conditions to thrive and propagate; positive effects that can be spread to surrounding areas. In this way the Ecoparks function as reproduction and distribution points for threatened species.
Nature conservation management in the Ecoparks involves, for example, prescribed burning or damming in the forests and providing for broadleaves by felling invading spruce. Grazing animals, cattle and sheep also contribute greatly to the care. Ecoparks are also most important outdoor pursuit forests, providing many opportunities for different activities, from long forest walks and the enjoyment of nature, to canoeing, fishing and hunting
Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values: Omberg is one of the forest landscapes in Sweden that is the richest in species. There is a mosaic of broad-leaved deciduous, spruce and broad-leaved wetland forests. The dead trees and deadwood in the forest are beneficial to a number of rare lichens, mosses, insects and woodpeckers. The Oak trees were allowed to grow very large and old when a great part of Omberg was open grazing landscape. Sveaskog is now working to increase the number of giant oaks
Visual impact and recreational value: The Ecopark Omberg is located on the eastern shore of Lake Vättern which means that Omberg’s highest point has a fantastic view. But there is also a collection of orshids, old giant oaks and beechwood forests. A comprehensive hiking system takes visitors to most of Omberg’s sights.
Cultural heritage: Omberg was used for farming as early as the Stone Age. During the period of migration in the 5th and 6th centuries ancient castles were built. When the area became center of the House of Sverker in the 12th century the Alvastra Monastery were built. Omberg later became one of the largest animal parks and served as the kings’ private hunting ground through 1805.
Environmental impact: Low impact. The danger of losing the biodiversity is avoided by making the area into an Ecopark.
Economic viability:
The Ecopark is beneficial for local entrepreneurs and enterprises.
The Ecopark concept and the activities carried out are transferable to other regions.

Contact details:
Name: Sveaskog
Organisation: Sveaskog
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Date added: 17.7.2012  Hits: 150
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