Do you love the mountains? So do we!
Visitors come for the day or on a holiday, while locals and animals live here all year round. The mountain is fragile. More and more people are coming to explore. Now more than ever, we must preserve the natural resources and landscapes that visitors come to enjoy.
We're counting on you to help us protect the wild beauty and natural resources of the Vosges Mountains.
Are you up to adopting these 10 tips and habits?
Before heading out, take note of protected areas
Plan your outing in advance by locating protected areas, including breeding grounds, and take note of any regulations.
Stay on marked trails
Even when you're not in a protected area or a breeding ground, don't stray from marked paths so as not to trample the sensitive plant life of the mountains.
Don't leave anything behind
Bring a bag for your rubbish and drop it in a bin at the end of your outing.
Respect the silence of nature
Fragile animal species need calm to survive, and humans want peace and quiet for a rejuvenating experience in nature.
Don't answer the call of the wild
Stop to admire the wildflowers, and then continue on without picking them. Stop to observe the animals grazing in the fields, and then continue on without touching the fence or chasing them away.
Park in designated areas only
Parking just anywhere can impede traffic and make the winding roads even more dangerous.
If you sleep under the stars and/or light a fire, only do so where authorised (campsites, natural camping areas, bivouac areas).
Keep activities to the daytime
At night, the wildlife and local residents are used to calm and the absence of human activities. Animals are most active at dawn and dusk when they are hunting for food. If you're heading out on a multi-day outing, opt for an overnight stay in a refuge, hostel, or an authorised camping area.
Set off on a car-free adventure
Plan your outing to leave your car at home. Opt for a shuttle, bus, train, or electric bike!
Remember the other 9 habits and tips
(and teach them to your children!) 😉