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List of protected areas adapted for visitors expanded with landscape reserve

2012-11-07

The list of protected areas of the country adapted for visitors has been expanded with the Karoliniškės Landscape Reserve of Vilnius. It has been improved by the State Service for Protected Areas under the Ministry of Environment.

The system of walking routes of different lengths, such as the Bottom of the Glens, Peaks of the Hills and Edge of the Forest , in the 162 hectare Karoliniškės Landscape Reserve will help to reduce chaotic attendance of this reserve. In addition, there are skiing trails, viewpoints and improved bicycle paths. Visitors will have an opportunity to get to know spectacular sites of this protected area lying in wooded Neris River valleys, such as the Plikakalnis outcrop, river islands near the Žvėrynas microdistrict and viewing platforms affording a view of the centre of Vilnius . Information stands, bicycles racks, places for relaxation as well as a place for events with a fireplace are there for the convenience of visitors. The whole recreational infrastructure has been transferred to be managed by the capital municipality.

Another protected area, the Juozapinė State Geomorphological Reserve in the Medininkai Highlands, Southeast Lithuania , will soon be adapted for visitors as well. There will be an observation tower, car park, benches, bicycle racks and sign posts. This reserve features the highest point of Lithuania, Aukštojas Hill. The height of the hill is 293.84 m above the Baltic Sea level. A monument created by sculptor Dalia Matulaitė has been placed on Aukštojas Hill to mark the highest point of Lithuania. It lies next to Juozapinė Hill (292.83 m) previously considered to be the highest point of Lithuania.

Both reserves have been improved within the framework of an EU-funded project. A total of over 70 protected objects will be improved and seven outdoor information systems will be installed by the end of 2013.

Information of the Ministry of Environment, phone 870~663660

7 November 2012

 

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas