Ritini – Vria Forest at Pieria Ori

The area is located on Pieria Mountain, west of Katerini. It is covered mostly by Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) in pure stands, with understorey of low shrubs such as Vaccinium myrtillus. This location is the southernmost distribution limit of Scots pine in Europe and, as a consequence, its conservation is of great importance. Dieback of Scots pine has been described since 1980, a phenomenon that appears in small groups of trees, especially in years of drought. The Forest Directorate of Pieria administers the area.