The Czech Union for Nature Conservation SALAMANDR                             (ČSOP Salamandr)

The Czech Union for Nature Conservation Salamandr is a professional non-profit organisation. This organisation was founded in 2000 as one of the members of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) with which it shares the statutes. Nonetheless Salamandr individualit a legal entity and, as such, it operates in its own name.

Salamandr’s aim is to protect and take care of the natural and cultural heritage of the Beskydy region. The organisation’s seat is in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, which is in heart of the Beskydy Protected Landscape Area, between the Moravian-Silesian Beskydy Mountains and the Vsetin Hills.

Our activities are centered around 3 pillars through which we take care of the natural and cultural heritage of the Beskydy Mountains and the surrounding region:

The practical care

Various spectra of nature and landscape care.

Using sustainable methods, we cut the grass and the natural regeneration of woody species in meadows and grasslands with the endangered plant species. We plant rare woody species and protect them from animals. We established and gradually enlarged our own plantation of endangered regional fruit trees. We eliminate the invasive species, transfer the ant-hills. We also denote protected natural areas.

The professional activity

Explorations, recommendations and cooperation with the experts

In the cooperation with the experts we are involved in botanical, zoological, forest research and expert recommendation. We propose approaches to management methods in the protected natural areas. We know how to coordinate expert teams in the complex projects as well as in large areas.

The information

Informing and engaging the authorities, organisations and the public.

We run an information portal www.valasskakrajina.cz which focuses on the natural environment in the Beskydy Mountains. We publish newsletters, the codes of practice and practical publications or the quarterly Zpravodaj CHKO Beskydy. We organize practical courses. As part of the interpretation of local heritage we do not only pass information but we also work to engage target groups in relevant activities. By nature trails, exhibitions and guidebooks we bring to the attention the natural and cultural values of the places and municipalities.