From 15 May visitors will have an opportunity to support protected areas2015-05-06
From 15 May, visitors of national and regional parks will have an opportunity to support protected areas and purchase a volunteer visitor ticket. The news was announced to journalists at today’s press conference by Kęstutis Trečiokas, Minister of Environment, and Albertas Stanislovaitis, Director of the State Service for Protected Areas.
“A volunteer visitor ticket to protected areas is an opportunity for making a contribution to the enhancement and conservation of our unique nature. Buying such a ticket, people will sort of show that they are ready not only to take from nature but also to give to it voluntarily as the ticket will not be compulsory,” said Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas.
Volunteer visitor tickets are to be introduced in Aukštaitija, Dzūkija, Curonian Spit and Žemaitija National Parks, and Anykščiai, Asveja, Aukštadvaris, Biržai, Dubysa, Dieveniškės Historical, Gražutė, Kaunas Lagoon, Krekenava, Kurtuvėnai, Labanoras, Meteliai, Nemunas Delta, Neris, Nemunas Loops, Pagramantis, Seaside, Panemunė, Rambynas, Salantai, Sartai, Sirvėta, Tytuvėnai, Varniai, Veisiejai, Venta, Vištytis and Žagarė Regional Parks.
Single visitor tickets (for 5 days) to one state park will cost 1 euro. A monthly visitor ticket to one state park will cost 5 euros. The price of a monthly visitor ticket to all (4 national and 28 regional) state parks will be 10 euros. An annual visitor ticket to all the mentioned state parks will cost 20 euros, while such a ticket for a family will be 25 euros.
Visitor tickets will be sold at the visitor centres of the state parks, sites of environmental and educational events, holiday parks, camps, educational trails, routes, etc. In the future, visitor tickets will be sold on the internet and at the Perlas, Tiketa and other points of sale.
The revenue from visitor tickets will be spent on the maintenance of natural sites and recreational areas, updating of information boards, waste removal, as well as educational nature protection activities, including leaflets, descriptions of nature trails and nature lessons.
The State Service for Protected Areas and the directorates of the state parks will publish information on their websites concerning the number of visitor tickets sold and the use of proceeds from their sale.
A visitor ticket is not a new thing in the protected areas. Aukštaitija National Park distributed such tickets already until 2004. Last summer, Aukštaitija National Park and Labanoras Regional Park again sold visitor tickets. The directorate collected LTL 39,000. The funds were used for improving and managing information infrastructure, in particular for updating the boards on Ladakalnis Hill and renovating camps and other visitor sites in these parks before a new season.
Public Information Division