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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.[1] 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.[2] 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)
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The Grand Ballon seen from the Storkenkopf
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LocationGrand Est
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France
Coordinates47°58′38″N 6°56′06″E / 47.97716038°N 6.93488367°E / 47.97716038; 6.93488367Coordinates: 47°58′38″N 6°56′06″E / 47.97716038°N 6.93488367°E / 47.97716038; 6.93488367
Area2,700 km2 (1,000 sq mi)
Established1989
Governing bodyFédération des parcs naturels régionaux de France
Websitewww.parc-ballons-vosges.fr

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  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Comprendre le parc, official web site on

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