Ballons des Vosges Nature Park
The Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park (French: Parc naturel régional des Ballons des Vosges) is a protected area of woodland, pasture, wetland, farmland and historical sites in the regions of Grand Est and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in northeastern France. The area was officially designated as a regional natural park in 1989. 187 communes belonging to the departments of Haut-Rhin, Vosges, Haute-Saône and Territoire de Belfort are members of the park, which hosts 238,000 inhabitants. It is one of the largest and most populated French regional parks. A wide range of habitats available in the park benefit a variety of wildlife such as boreal owl, lynx, peregrine falcon, western capercaillie, Dianthus superbus, cranberry and Drosera.
|Ballons des Vosges Nature Park|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Area||2,700 km2 (1,000 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Fédération des parcs naturels régionaux de France|
A permanent exhibition in the Munster park's headquarters
- IUCN Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas (November 1990). 1990 United Nations list of national parks and protected areas. IUCN. p. 88. ISBN 978-2-8317-0032-8. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- Comprendre le parc, official web site on