About polish forests
Polish forests cover about 30% of Poland's territory, and are mostly owned by the state. Western and northern parts of Poland as well as the Carpathian Mountains in the extreme south, are much more forested than eastern and central provinces.1 The most forested administrative districts of the country are: Lubusz Voivodeship (48,9%), Subcarpathian Voivodeship (37,2%), and Pomeranian Voivodeship (36,1%).1 The least forested are: ÅÃ³dÅº Voivodeship (21%), Masovian Voivodeship (22,6%), and Lublin Voivodeship (22,8%).
Forest in Poland occupy the poorest soil. Coniferous type accounts for 54.5%, whereas broadleaved type accounts for 45.5% (out of that, alder and riparian forests account for 3.8%). A number of forested zones are now protected by the Polish government and, in many cases, they have become tourist destinations. Over the years, many of the largest Polish forests have been reduced in size, and that reflected on the structure of forest inhabitation.
Up until the end of the 18th Century, beginning in what is known as the Middle Ages, forests were considered places for travelers and ordinary folk to stay away from, as they were home to bandits and were believed to be inhabited by evil spirits. Law and order did not apply to forests for many centuries, except for self-policing observed and administered by their inhabitants. However, the forests did contain numerous woodsmen and their families who made the best of their remote environment. These woodsmen lived on what the forest could produce, collecting pitch resin for sale ? important as method of illuminating city streets ? logging construction lumber, collecting lime, bees wax, honey, hops, mushrooms and whatever other saleable items could be harvested in the forest and sold in villages outside of it.
Nature in Poland - what to see?
Poland is a region very attractive nature. In this respect, we find a lot of places that necessarily must see, even if we do not care too much about the natural aspects of the site. Worthy of note are certainly places like Tatry and Owl Mountains. The hilly places in Poland is indeed much, much more - should go well in the Holy Cross Mountains and Pieniny. In Poland we will also find areas where there is a completely different vegetation and animals. You can mention here for example, Roztocze National Park and around the seaside. The fact that in Poland there are many national parks are the best proof of how special this place is.
Hiking in the Tatras
Holiday in the Tatras is undoubtedly one of the favorites among the Poles ways to spend the holiday. From year to year, we can also observe an increasing number of people arriving in the highest mountains in Poland with other countries. I must admit that especially in summer or winter Tatry experiencing a real siege. It is worth noting that in these surroundings, enjoy the spring or autumn, because the charm of view, we can see here, surely delight every visitor. It is no wonder that so many people come to the Tatras every year. It does so not only great views and a large number of tourist attractions in this region, but also well prepared tourist base.