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Type of protected area - Where it is located
Typology: Regional Natural Reserve; established with L.R. November 9, 1998 n. 13
Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
The Forra del Torrente Cellina Reserve covers (304 hectares) the most significant part of the large incision that the Cellina torrent dug in the limestone strata between Barcis and Montereale before its outlet in the high Pordenone plain; it is located in the Municipality of Cimolais (Pordenone). It is managed by the Friulian Dolomites Natural Park.
Forra del Torrente Cellina (photo Rusnati www.panoramio.com)
The reserve includes the upper section of the sluice channel of the Cellina stream downstream of the Barcis basin, the narrow incision of the Molassa stream, the westernmost part of the forest called Fara in the northern slope of Mount Fara (1342 meters above sea level), an area with steep rocky walls on the northern slope of Mount I Cameroni (1470 meters above sea level) called I Pics. Carbonate (limestone) rocks from the Cretaceous period prevail in these areas. The reserve also includes, further north, a territory with undulating morphology, located between the Molassa village and Ponte Antoi, in which arenaceous-marly rocks predominate, which takes the name of Dint.
The morphological aspect is typical of a large canyon, with vertical walls and imposing phenomena of river erosion. A real system of ravines, merging moon into the other, relating to the courses of the Alba, Molassa and Cellina streams. This naturalistic area assumes a particular historical value due to the presence of some works for the exploitation for hydroelectric purposes of the Cellina waters and for the passage of the old Valcellina road.
From the vegetational point of view, the Reserve is characterized by some peculiarities related to the particular microclimatic conditions of the area, due to exposures of the variable slopes, diversified geo-pedological situations and altitudes ranging from about 300 m of the valley floor to almost 1500 m of Mount I Cameroni.
Of particular interest are the thickets of black hornbeam gorge with the presence of yew, golden lily and rosacea Spiraea decumbens ssp. Tormentosa.
Rich fish fauna, such as reptiles and amphibians. As far as lavifauna are concerned, the peregrine falcon, the golden eagle, the buzzard, the mountain swallow, the kestrel, the owl, the red-headed owl and the dipper are nesting in the area. Among the mammals, we remember the chamois, the deer and the deer, the badger, the fox, the marten, the squirrel, the dormouse and some species of micro-mammals.
Information for the visit
Friulian Dolomites Natural Park Authority
Via V. Emanuele II, 27
33080 Cimolais (PN)