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: Łódź 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.
The most popular hiking trails in the Tatras
Tatra is one of the most beautiful Polish regions. No wonder that every year come to the area a lot of tourists. Holiday in the Tatras is not only a way to relax in nature, but also an opportunity for increased physical activity, which is certainly a good way to spend time, especially for active people. Where to go in the Tatras? Certainly one of the most popular trails is the trail leading to Morskie Oko, or pond located between the highest elevations on the Polish side of the Tatras. If you allow us to do this condition should climb also Kasprowy and Giewont and also see Chochołowska Valley and Koscieliska.
Hike in the higher parts of the mountains
Part of any trip to the mountains, such as Tatra and Pieniny should be no doubt alpine hike. If you allow us to do our condition, and have the appropriate equipment, we should go on such a trip for hours. This is the only opportunity for true knowledge of the higher parts of the mountains, their flora and fauna. What's more, the outdoor pursuits is also a great idea to oxygenate your body and improve your physical condition. A huge advantage of the high mountain tours are also beautiful panorama, which we admire, once must climb to the top. So let's go on such an expedition.