Regional Park Sirente Velino (Italy)
Its position far from traffic has helped to preserve it. Another factor which has helped to preserve it has been the depopulation which has taken place over the past decades which has brought about a considerable reduction in its number of residents. The Mountain Community comprises thirteen communities: FagnanoAlto, Fontecchio, Tione degli Abruzzi, Molina Aterna, Castelvechio Subequo, Castel di Ieri, Goriano Sicoli, Gagliano Aterno, Secinaro, Rocca di Cambio, Rocca di Mezzo and Ovindoli. Some of these are divided into numerous hamlets. The centers are all very small and each municipality has a population varying from 400 to 1,500, making a total of approximately 9,000 over an area of 50,000 hectares. Because of its particular environmental valence, the entire territory of the Mountain Community is part of the Sirente-Velino Regionl Natural Park by request of each municipality following a law of the Regione Abruzzo.