Triglav National Park

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The Triglav National Park (TNP) (Slovene: Triglavski narodni park) is a national park located in Slovenia and the only one in the country. It was named after the mount Triglav, the highest peak of the Julian Alps and a symbol of Slovenehood.

Triglav is situated almost in the middle of the national park. From it the valleys spread out radially, supplying water to two large river systems having their sources in the Julian Alps: the Soča and the Sava, flowing to the Adriatic and Black Sea, respectively.

History

The proposal for conservation dates back to the year 1908, and was realised in 1924. Then, on the initiative taken by the Nature Protection Section of the Slovene Museum Society together with the Slovene Mountaineering Society, a twenty year lease was taken out on the Triglav Lakes Valley area, some 14 km². It was destined to become an Alpine Protection Park, however permanent conservation was not possible at that time.

In 1961, after many years of effort, the protection was renewed (this time on a permanent basis) and somewhat enlarged, embracing around 20 km². The protected area was officially designated as the Triglav National Park. Under this act, however, all objectives of a true national park were not attained and for this reason over the next two decades, new proposals for the extension and rearrangement of the protection were put forward.

Finally, in 1981, a rearrangement was achieved and the park was given a new concept and enlarged to 838 km² - the area it continues to cover to this day.

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