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Cultural Values of Forest Landscape

Abstract: The forests that cover the third of the territory of our state belong to relatively natural segments of the landscape at which we particularly assume the declared natural value, apart from other things, due to the fact that each forest is understood as a significant landscape element. Currently, the cultural landscape and its values have been discussed. The forests and forest landscape mostly belong (in case that they are not, e.g. a part of the composed landscape or associative landscape) to the organically arisen continual landscape according to the categorization of cultural landscapes, or possibly to a relic one. This type of landscape is in our territory unambiguously the most widespread. Nevertheless, from the preservation care point of view it is at the brink of interest. None of our landscape preservation zones takes into account the forest landscape and its values. Architectonically valuable or historically outstanding objects (castles, chateaus, ruins, archaeological traces), mining remnants, stronghold structures, border objects, water management structures, fragments of extinct landscape structures including settlements or traces of original zonation of the village land and a series of other objects, sets or structures may understandably occur in these forests. However, mostly they are not directly connected with the functional area of the forest. Nevertheless, cultural values directly connected with the forestry (canals, forest railways, lumber and charcoal settlements, small objects of wood industry, objects of the forest administration, etc.) or with hunting (game preserves including forest tracks, remnants of enclosures, pheasantries) are preserved in the forests. The contribution deals with these values of the forest landscape that also belong to the cultural wealth of our landscape and put the finishing touches to the identity of the region.

KUPKA, Jiří (2018). Kulturní hodnoty lesní krajiny. In: Jiří Kugl, ed. Člověk, stavba a územní plánování 11. ČVUT v Praze, Fakulta stavební pp. 191-206. ISBN 978-80-01-06482-5. ISSN 2336-7695.