Forests of Poland
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.
Tatras - a great place for a getaway with family or friends
Departure in the Tatras is very popular with Poles pastime. Definitely worth going there with your family or friends. Holiday or vacation in this place will definitely be successful at any time of the year. In winter, we can give here madness on the slopes, while in summer tempt us in the Tatra hiking in this beautiful region. Tatra is a very attractive tourist place suitable for virtually every tourist. Will find something for themselves whether someone who prefers a more leisurely spend time and really active tourist. Notable are primarily natural conditions of the place - in the Tatra mountains we can establish a direct contact with the wonderful and unique nature, as many of the trails leads through a truly wild areas.
The unusual nature
Biebrza National Park is an ideal place for tourists who want a nice way to spend time in nature. In this area because we have a lot to choose from various hiking trails, both pedestrians and bicycle or even canoe. Prepared trails here are very diverse and different distances and levels of difficulty trails cause that every tourist will find here an appropriate proposal for yourself. The Biebrza National Park, we can see not only the unique marshes, but also to meet many not found in any other region in the country specimens for both flora and fauna. The area itself particularly pleased marsh birds.