Created in 1989 at the initiative of the Lorraine and Franche-Comté Regions, the Ballon des Vosges Regional Natural Park regroups 192 communes across four departments: Vosges, Haut-Rhin, Territory of Belfort and Haute-Saône.

Data Sheet

  • 2 regions
  • 4 departments
  • 198 communes
  • 2,700 km2
  • 240,000 inhabitants
  • 1,600 km2 of forest (61% of Park)
  • 280 peatlands over 1,300 ha
  • 4 National Nature Reserves
  • 5 Regional Nature Reserves
  • 1,3% of high stubble
  • 200 ha of calcareous grasslands
  • 1,691 native plants (1/4 of the flora in France)
  • 60 endangered animal species
  • 35% of the territory sheltering outstanding natural species
  • 22% of the territory within the Natura 2000 Network (33 sites of which 20 are managed by the Park)
  • 45 classified or listed landscape sites (6% of the Park)
  • 65 museums and heritage sites
  • 7% of built-up territory
  • 30 cities of more than 2,000 inhabitants
  • 60 land use plans
  • 3,497 farms over 57,924 ha
  • 43 farmhouse-inns
  • 37 tourist offices
  • 14,000 enterprises
  • 41 Park-labelled enterprises including 19 holiday-cottage, guest-house and Panda guest-room owners, and 6 “Hôtels au Naturel”

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