A virgin, primeval or old-growth forest is a forest that has attained great age without significant disturbance.
|including extensive old-growth forests (AB ev crit IX)
|Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
|Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a large primeval forest (wiki)
|Barrington Tops National Park
|Great Smoky Mountains
|The range is home to an estimated 187,000 acres (76,000 ha) of old growth forest (wiki)
|Ivindo National Park
|"Ivindo National Park (...) boasts biogeographically unique Caesalpinioideae old-growth forests of high conservation value". (Official description) The presence of old-growth terra firma forests is an important factor in describing the OUV of the NP. These very old forests, also called primary forests, represent a characteristic stage in the evolution of forests in Central Africa. They are very rare in Gabon and in West Central Africa in general. (Nomination file, p. 54-55)
|Los Alerces National Park
|"LANP does contain extremely valuable old-growth forests which are difficult to access and perhaps the best protected old-growth forests in Argentina." (AB ev)
|Olympic National Park
|"It contains one of the world’s largest stands of virgin temperate rainforest, and includes many of the largest coniferous tree species on earth." Criteria (vii) for Inscription
|Pitons of Reunion
|Réserve biologique intégrale du Piton de la Fournaise
|Primeval Beech Forests
|contains the largest remaining primeval beech forests in Europe (AB ev)
|The parks protect 38,982 acres (157.75 km2) of old-growth forest (wiki)
|the largest remaining virgin beech forest in East Asia (AB ev)
|The terrestrial ecosystem has various types of virgin vegetation (AB ev)
|Vallée de Mai
|retains primeval palm forest in a near-natural state (AB ev)
|Virgin Komi Forests
|one of the most extensive areas of virgin boreal forest remaining in Europe (AB ev)
|It contains a unique remnant of a warm-temperate primeval forest (AB ev crit IX)
|Yosemite National Park
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