78 new sites were added to the list of protected natural heritage2016-02-24
The revised list of state-protected natural heritage sites, which has recently been approved by Minister of Environment Kęstutis Trečiokas, has been supplemented with 78 new geological, hydrogeological and botanical sites. This list is revised annually.
The Antakmenė conglomerate stands out among the stones included into the state-protected natural heritage this year. It is also known as the Stone of Sacrifice and is considered one of the oldest pagan monuments in Lithuania. This conglomerate is a rock of 4.3 m in height, 5.85 m in length and 3 m in width, located in the Antakmenė village, Ignalina district.
One of the most interesting sites among the new hydrogeological heritage sites is Salomėja Spring in Biržai Regional Park. It was named to commemorate Salomėja Bucevičiūtė, geologist, who researched the entrails of the earth in this region.
The largest supplement was added to the group of botanical heritage sites. It includes oaks, lime, fir and other trees. One of the most impressive elements in this group is the Dabulevičiai Larch situated in the Daugėlaičiai village, Vilkaviškis district. Its trunk is 2.2 m wide and it is 14 m high. This larch is distinguished for its massive unions of branches, vertical and horizontal threads.
Some of the natural heritage sites, namely, the hollow pines in the Čepkeliai natural reserve, the Kretuoniai first oak, the Špokai elm, etc, had to be deleted from the list of state-protected natural heritage sites because they have simply rotted.
Currently, based on the data of the State Cadastre for Protected Areas as of 12 February 2016, there are 642 state-protected natural heritage sites (157 of which have been declared natural monuments) and 228 municipality-protected natural heritage sites in Lithuania.
24 February 2016