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Petit Futé's opinion on PARC NATIONAL DE FORÊTS

Plate millesim 2022

50 million trees, 100 tufa swamps, 700 km of rivers, 2,000 km of trails... Welcome to the National Forest Park!

A land of passage between Champagne and Burgundy, this is an area of 241,000 hectares between the south of the Haute-Marne and the north of the Côte-d'Or. The creation of the National Forest Park is the recognition of the exceptional value of the landscape, cultural, natural and human heritage of this territory. It is the youngest park in France, the first to be located in the northern half of France and to be dedicated to the protection of lowland hardwood forests. Visiting this open-air museum begins with a discovery in total respect of the undergrowth!

Sharpen your sense of observation. Emblematic species such as the black stork, a migratory bird, breed here. The great forest fauna is all around you: wild boar, roe deer, deer, foxes, badgers, forest cats... Butterflies, such as the Ash Damier, considered an endangered species, can be observed. On the limestone soils grow the Spring Nivéole, the Martagon Lily and the magnificent Venus' Sabot. Fragile environments such as the tufa marshes are characterised by the presence of petrifying springs that create fine lacework created by the action of mosses. Wetlands and deep forests, valleys and plateaus create the scenery. Culturally rich, the park has archaeological remains from the Iron Age, Gallo-Roman sanctuaries, 4 12th century abbeys, traces of metallurgy, 2 contemporary art centres and artists' residences.

Sharpen your sense of sharing. The Esprit Parc National Forêts brand promotes the park's players, these men and women who share their know-how and passion for their territory. Many are labelled, from castles to unusual accommodation and certain local products. Crémant du Pays Châtillonnais, craft beers, Montsaugeonnais muid, Langres cheese, Epoisses, bear's garlic, honeys, Burgundy truffles... the Park makes us salivate.

Tame the secrets of the park. Men, thanks to observatories, are working to ensure the sustainability of these environments, to monitor the effects of global warming on the forest. Local actors participate in environmental education through original activities. The Maison de la forêt eco-museum in Leuglay, the weasel trail guides in Chateauvillain and the Auberive Nature Initiation Centre organise outings to unravel the mysteries of the forest, to understand the tufa marshes, to recognise mushrooms and to discover the remains. The forest definitely has many stories to tell us!

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