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The Rajhenav Rog virgin forest

Published on 13. 1. 2015 under Kočevska
The Rajhenav Rog virgin forest

The sense of prehistoric times, inner peace and quiet under the centuries-old trees fascinates and enchants us time and again.

The Rajhenav virgin forest in Kočevski Rog is approximately 50 ha large virgin forest which has been over a century excluded from the management operations. The prevailing community of fir and beech tree (Abieti-Fagetum dinaricum) is present in mosaic patterns in several sub-communities and in different development phases.

The special features of the virgin forest include the growing stock, mighty trees, many dead and fallen trees, some rare bird species and finally a variegated community of fungi and small animals decomposing dead wood.

Not far from the Rajhenav virgin forest there stands a fir tree called the Queen of Rog which is with its 51 meters in height considered as one of the most magnificent firs in Slovenia. There are several similarly striking giants growing nearby. A fir can live even for five hundred years in this kind of conditions.
The Kočevje forests are a part of the largest single complex of forests in Europe, extending from the Trnovo forest to Gorski Kotar in Croatia.
The virgin forest can be admired by following: The Roška pešpot hiking trail and hiking trails through Kočevski Rog.