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Prague, Oct 12 (CTK) – The Czech government approved the establishment of the Brdy protected landscape park covering an area of 345 square kilometres as of January 1, 2016, in order to protect the environment of the military district that will be abolished at the end of the year, at its meeting yesterday.
Environment Minister Richard Brabec told CTK that the new landscape park will include a gold deposit at Petraskova hora near Vacikov, central Bohemia.
The Industry and Trade Ministry wanted to keep the deposit open for future mining. This will not be possible anymore.
The foundation of the new landscape park, officially called a protected landscape area (CHKO), will afflict 34 municipalities, but it will not restrict people’s entry to the park.
Stricter environment protection, such as a ban on the use of fertilizers, on mining minerals, any changes to the water regime or the terrain, will concern about 15 percent of the park’s area.
The Brdy military district, spreading on the territory of Central Bohemia and Plzen regions, was established in the early 20th century. Rare animal and plant species have been preserved in the district that is mostly covered by forests. Its abolition will reduce the total area of Czech military districts by 42,000 to 87,600 hectares.

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