European Diploma for Protected Areas: Awarded Areas in Poland

Bieszczady National Park

The Bieszczady National Park (established in 1973) covers 290,2 km² of the easternmost part of the Carpathian range in Poland. The elevation area ranges between 650 and 1346 m above sea level. Most of the slopes are covered by deciduous forest. Above 1150m a.s.l. there are upper meadows which used to be exploited for grazing before 1945. Also the areas on lower zones of stream valleys are covered by meadows. Before World War II the Bieszczady Mts. were relatively densely populated. After the war almost all the native people from the Bieszczady were displaced. Since that time the nature started succession on the formerly cultivated fields and pastures. It led to gradual naturalization of the plant cover. The present settlement within the Bieszczady National Park borders is limited to three small localities. The total number of inhabitants equals to 250 (1 person/km²). Anthropogenic pressure is minimal. Since 1992 the Bieszczady National Park has been a part of the International Biosphere Reserve MaB “The East Carpathians” and since 2004 the Natura 2000 area PLC180001 Bieszczady.

For information:
The Bieszczady Mountain National Park Administration Centre
Ustrzyki Gorne 19
38-714 Ustrzyki Gorne

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Bialowieza National Park

Adjournment of the European Diploma in 2007

Bialowieza National Park is situated in the eastern part of Poland, just by the border with Byelorussia. There is one of the most valuable woodland regions in Europe - Bialowieza Forrest. It`s the last natural, low - lying forest and home of the mammal - bison. There is also Siamianowka Reservoir - the biggest mainstay of aquatic birds. This region fascinated not only with its natural richness but also with its cultural variety.

For information:
15-879 Bialystok,
st. Stoleczna 25
Tel.: +48 744 43 26
Fax: +48 085 741 57 20

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