Karats-Råvvåive wilderness area

Posted on November 13th, 2009 at 10:01 pm by


– There are large areas of unprotected wilderness in Karats-Råvvoive, Jokkmokk, Sweden

Karats-Råvvåive is a huge unprotected sub-alpine wilderness area in the municipality of Jokkmokk, Sweden. The area contains pristine forest, bare mountains, moor with old-growth pine forests, huge mires and large waters.

Granuddenskiftet. Foto: Eva Ydrén

Granuddenskiftet. Foto: Eva Ydrén

Northern Karats-Råvvåive

The northern parts of Karats-Råvvåive is about 30 square kilometers in size. There, on the mountains Råvvåive and Kuossavaratj, is an area of around 5 square kilometer with virgin forest. The forests are dominated by spruce with segments of old-growth aspen and sallow. On the mountain tops wide areas of flat rock where old ancient pines are growing sparse – for centuries affected by the mountain winds.

Old-growth spruce on Råvvoive Photo: Eva Ydrén

Old-growth spruce on Råvvåive Photo: Eva Ydrén

The other parts of the area is a rather fine exemple of old-growth spruce forest. There is a great abundance of standing and lying dead wood. Some old trees were cut in the early 20th century but there are still lots of them.

Old-growth twin pines at Råvvåive

Old-growth twin pines at Råvvoive

Some 60 hectares were notified for logging in 2009 by a private owner. It has though not been approved by the Swedish Forest Agency – the regeneration in these forests at 500 m above sea level is very low.

Download this map of Northern Karats-Råvvåive

Eastern Karats-RåvvåIve

In the eastern parts there are unprotected old-growth forests by the lakes Pälkasjaure, Tjäkkaure Lekeljaure and the mountain Lekelvare.

Karats-Råvvåive wilderness area with the mountains in the background. Photo: Daniel Rutschman

Karats-Råvvåive wilderness area with the mountains in the background. Photo: Daniel Rutschman

Eastern Karats-Råvvåive wilderness area

Even though fragmentarization exists there are still large undisturbed areas which never has been clear-cut. The mountain Lekelvare exhibits some 7 square kilometers of old-growth forest. There are planned loggings to made here in 2009. In the slopes there are moist spruce-forests with lots of deciduous trees. On the top of the Lekelvare there are several hundred year old pines that grows on flat rocks. More or less all of Lekelvare is above the sub-alpine zone (where regeneration is low).

Old-Growth pine, Lekelvare Photo: Daniel Rutschman

Old-Growth pine, Lekelvare Photo: Daniel Rutschman

Around the lakes Pälkasjaure and Täkkaure the forest consists of old pines on heathland. There’s an abundance of old trees and many of them show traces of old forest fires. such a large area with unprotected coherent pineforest with high conservation values is very hard to find in Sweden.

Old-growth forest notified for logging, Lekelvare Photo: Daniel Rutschman

Old-growth forest notified for logging, Lekelvare Photo: Daniel Rutschman

This inventory was made by Nature and Youth Sweden and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation during 2008-2009. The pristine like parts of the area has though been identified in a report by Mats Karström in 1993.

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