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Introduction - Balkans Expedition 2012

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:07 am
by Jeroen Philippona
Introduction - 2012 Expedition to the region of former Yugoslavia

This year from June 19th to July 3rd Kouta, Michael Spraggon (treeclimber from England) and Jeroen made a very nice trip to four of the former Yugoslavian countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. Our aim was to visit several old growth forests as well as some outstanding individual trees in each of these countries.

We visited eight locations, among which were five old growth forests, and measured and photographed many trees. At several locations we were guided and informed by local people, sometimes experts. Two outstanding trees were climbed by Michael. During the two weeks we discovered some very interesting results.

Michael is making a travelogue of the whole trip and Kouta and I have written ‘technical reports’ about each of the locations visited.

We will send the travelogue and corresponding reports in instalments as Michael finishes them.
These will be published on this forum in their entirety, but the reports can also be found within the forum sections for each of the four countries. The reports will be as follows:

A. The travelogue, in seven chapters.

B. The technical reports (in chronological order as we visited them):
1. The Sgerm spruce in Slovenia
2. The Prašnik Oak Forest in Croatia, remnant of the once huge primeval Slavonian Oak Forests
3. The Oriental Plane trees at Trsteno, Dubrovnik, Croatia
4. The Biogradska Gora National Park with primeval forest reserve, Montenegro
5. The Crna Poda black pine forest and a forest reserve near Žabljak, both in Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
6. The Perućica primeval forest reserve in Sutjeska National Park, Bosnia & Herzegovina
7. The Plitvice National Park in Croatia

Michael, Kouta and Jeroen

Re: Introduction - Balkans Expedition 2012

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:51 am
by Josh Kelly
Jeroen and Kouta,

Your posts from Europe are always some of my favorite. I am waiting in anxious anticipation of your reports from the Balkans. The report on the Slovenian Spruce was awesome!

Thank you,

Re: Introduction - Balkans Expedition 2012

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:49 pm
by Chris
I have a Slovenia friend that lives in Trieste. This posts really make me want to pay her a visit (and see some of the places described in your posts)!