A Heart of nature

Located in the Parc Naturel Regional des Ballons des Vosges, the Gérardmer territory has 5 national nature reserves and protected natural sites.

The Regional Nature Park of Ballons des Vosges

Created in 1989 on the initiative of the Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comté regions, the regional natural park of Ballons des Vosges includes 192 communes spread over four governmental departments: Vosges, Haut-Rhin, Territoire de Belfort and Haute-Saône. Its area covers 2700 km2 and has a population of 240,000. It is the most populous region with natural parks. A key player in the preservation of heritage, the Ballons des Vosges regional natural park contributes equally to the economic vitality of this territory of mid-sized mountains through promoting public awareness of sensitive natural environments. www.parc-ballons-vosges.fr

The national Nature Reserve of Tanet - Gazon du Faing

Situated on the high ridge of the Vosges, between Calvaire and la Schlucht, this nature Reserve protects a 505 ha savannah with remarkable bogs as well as a haven of mountain forests. It houses a remarkable but sensitive and endangered set of flora and fauna. Therefore, the impact of human activity is particularly carefully monitored. A discovery trail lets you discover the different facets of the Natural Reserve. Every summer, a host from the Conservatory of natural spaces of Lorraine also hosts public tours on the grounds of the Natural Reserve.

The bogs of Les Tourbières

These acidic bogs are remarkable wetlands on an ecological and landscape level. They are mainly located in the Hautes-Vosges area. These are areas of razed vegetation strewn with Carpathian, Willow Birch, and Fir trees, that recall the characteristic landscapes of the far North. The flora and fauna of bogs are genuine relics of glacial times.

The protected sites of the territory of Gérardmer

Located in the Ballons des Vosges Regional Natural Park, the Gérardmer territory has 5 national nature reserves and protected natural sites. These sites are managed and protected by the Conservatory of Natural Spaces of Lorraine, of which one branch is based in Gérardmer. (www.cren-lorraine.com)

  • Col de Sapois in Gérardmer (1.23 ha)
  • Bog of Grand Étang in Gérardmer (7.19 ha)
  • Haut de Mérelle in Gérardmer (3.35 ha)
  • Grande Charme in Tholy (12.66 ha)
  • Delta of the St-Jacques River in Xonrupt - Longemer (6 ha)