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.
Where to go 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.
What places in Poland worth visiting?
In Poland, we find a lot of sites that are attractive from the environmental point of view. Actually, in each province we can find no problem region, which is worth a visit just for that reason. Certainly the most attractive in terms of natural places, and also the most frequently chosen by tourists regions are mountains. The highest mountains in Polish is a place where you can really relax, and by the way also to learn about the local wildlife. Of course, Poland is worth a visit also in other Polish regions: notable, for example Bialowieza Forest and mites. The sea also find unique natural regions that are worth seeing.