Parco dell'Orecchiella - Corpo Forestale dello Stato ["Orecchiella" Park - State Foresters Corps]
As early as 1925, the Forests Administration laid the bases for the creation of a homogeneous state property for the reconstitution and defence of forests. In 1927, the Forests District delimited the lands which were to form the Upper Serchio Valley State Forest. The Communes concerned conceded many forests and meadows to the nascent State Forests Corporation which undertook an intense activity of reclamation, reforestation, and soil protection, which was the basis for the successive institution of nature reserves.
"Orecchiella" Park was born in the 1960s. It includes the Regional State Forest and three nature reserves (Orecchiella, Lamarossa and Pania di Corfino) managed by the State Foresters Corp. The Visitors’ Centre hosts reception facilities, the Nature Museum and the Museum of Birds of Prey. The Nature Museum presents dioramas of ungulates in dynamic situations, as well as a series of three-dimensional panels which illustrate the cycle of the traditional natural elements (air, water, earth, fire). The Museum of Birds of Prey presents the life-size reproduction of an eagle’s nest, informational panels on diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey, and display cabinets with stuffed specimens.
Texts by Francesco Marchetti
English translation by Victor Beard
Last update 19/feb/2008