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
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.
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.