Grafenau (dpa / lby) - The Bavarian Forest National Park is being expanded by 605 hectares. According to the information, the area bordering on the Bohemian Forest (Sumava) National Park in the Czech Republic will become the largest forest national park in Germany. On this occasion there will be a ceremony in Mauth (Freyung-Grafenau district) on Wednesday (2 p.m.) with Environment Minister Thorsten Faithr (free voters).
The extension was a gift on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the national park in 2020 and was officially announced by Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) at a ceremony. The Council of Ministers had previously decided on the expansion. Söder described the national park as a treasure that should be valued and protected.
Since the opening of the Bavarian Forest National Park, 11,000 species of animals, fungi and plants have been found there - including 16 species of jungle relict beetles, but also lynxes, bats, beavers and the dreaded book printer. About 1.3 million people visit the site annually.