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New book explains what's worth visiting in the protected territories

2014-03-25

“Extraordinary Lithuania. Traveling through protected territories” is a new, informative and wonderfully displayed publication that presents readers and travelers with some of the most beautiful parts of Lithuania in protected territories – national parks, regional parks and reserves.

The book was published by the State Service for Protected Areas under the Ministry of Environment together with publishing house “Terra Publika.” The book has 41 lively routes through protected areas. The people of Lithuania are invited to travel along these natural paths: take pedestrian or bike paths along rivers or lakes, survey the landscape from hills and lookout towers, and get to know nature and various cultural heritage objects.

The publication presents 5 national parks and 30 regional parks, reserves and sanctuaries. When traveling through nature, it is advised that you pay attention to your surroundings. These are truly unique natural places with diverse landscapes, rare plant and animal species, and items of cultural heritage – treasures of our land that can be seen in Lithuania's protected areas.

Visitors are offered routes through protected territories, sightseeing path schemes and maps, descriptions of sites to visit, and descriptions of each protected area's unique characteristics.

The publication features 500 high-quality color photos featuring exceptional Lithuanian landscapes, natural monuments, and rare plant and animal species.

According to Director of the State Service for Protected Areas under the Ministry of Environment Rūta Baškytė, the nation's territorial, natural and cultural treasures are all protected and fostered in the nation's national and regional parks and reserves. And each of these is different and unique. Nature has no standards – each river bend, island, hill, ridge and plain is different.

Over the last five years, Lithuania's national and regional parks and other protected territories have changed significantly and become more beautiful. These protected areas' visitors' centers and their enthusiastic workers are waiting for visitors and are ready to open their gates to a better understanding of Lithuania's natural and cultural heritage.

In the foreword to “Extraordinary Lithuania. Traveling through protected territories,” traveler and mountaineer Vladas Vitkauskas writes, “There are many extraordinary places here in Lithuania! You could always have something new, interesting and meaningful to see without ever leaving the country. It's good to know that more and more are finding out about these extraordinary places and that they are being cared for. This book can be a wonderful gift and compass to anyone looking for refreshment in their native land and in its vital nature.”

The publication will be distributed not just to bookstores, but at city events, protected area visitor centers, and online as well.

Public information division
2014-03-25

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