The Bauges Massif, a living territory with an extraordinary natural heritage where a lot of actors work together (Rangers, farmers, sportsmen, tourism activities…).
The Euro Trail de la Féclaz takes place on the Bauges Regional Natural Park and Geopark,
a place of an exceptional richness where many activities cohabit, all necessary to the balance of the territory.
The actions implemented by the organization
As an organizer, we believe that it is essential that local actors are stakeholders and benefit from the benefits of the event.
We apply this principle at all steps of the construction of the project: co-construction of the routes, with the Park and various local actors of the Biodiversity preservation, and involvement of the local socio-professionals in the organization, promotion of the local products…
We also pay particular attention to limiting the ecological impact of our race: taking into account sensitive areas, specific marking charter using reusable material for example, limiting waste…
Good practices to adopt as a sportsman or woman
As a nature sports enthusiast, you also have a role to play in maintaining and protecting the local eco-system!
Simple actions such as closing barriers, staying on marked trails, carrying your waste… are still too often forgotten.
The Bauges Park and Geopark, a key actor in the controlled development of the territory, has identified some areas where the adoption of these gestures and good practices is the guarantee of a peaceful cohabitation: the forest areas and the mountain pastures. and other agricultural areas (mowing meadows).
Deeper look on the forest areas
Forest areas are places were wild life, sport activities and economic activies take place together, everyone of them is necessary to preserve the good balance of the massif.
Here are the 4 points of vigilance in forest :
1. Respect the signs on the work sites
2. Park your vehicle on the parking lots provided
3. When the work sites are finished, the accesses are restored
4.Do not go near the wood piles
If you want more informations, you can download the flyer : “Les forêts du Massif des Bauges en partage”, or see the movie here.
Deeper look on the moutain pastures and other agricultural spaces
What is a moutain pasture ?
Alpin pastures, as their name suggest, are altitue grazing used by breeders and shepherds, most often tenants of the site during the summer season. Grazing of alpine pastures is essential for breeders. It allow them to feed the animals during the summer and to keep the valley grass to make hay.
These meadows are grazed by herds or lawn to make hay for winter. And herds grazing allows the meadows to provide the protection of the area, which allow us to benefit of the Bauges Massif great sceneries.
« The moutain…Respect it ! »
In order to enjoy the most of these emblematic landscapes, the Bauges Park and Geopark reminds you with these messages some essential rules of behaviour, so that your hikes and walks can run smoothly, while respecting the breeders and shepherds work, as well as their herds.
What behaviour to have ?
Those few advices can enhance the alpine pastures and agricultural areas share, while enjoying some great hiking trails !
CLOSE THE FENCES BEHIND YOU
The mountain pastures and meadows are workplaces and must be respected by leaving the fences in place after your passage. It is a simple and daily gesture, but closing the door is really important to make sure the park remain close !
You will often find some equipment to facilitate the entry and exit in the park area, such as handles, baffles and cattle grid.
RESPECT THE WATER FOR HERDS
You will surely walk accross watering through or water reserves, those equipments are necessary for animals and their well-being ! So be careful not to contaminate the water by washing your hands or anything else… Remember that animals will drink here after you. Also, do not forget that water is a scarce ressource, espacially in summer, and must be shared between animals and hikers. So please do not waste it and try to anticipate the lack by bringing your own water with you when hiking.
STAY ON THE MARKED TRAILS
The mountain pastures are an essential food ressource for the herds. The growing grass and flowers are their food. The meadows are sensitive to erosion and the numerous passages off the trails generate important degradation on some areas. This phenomenom is even more important in high altitude areas such as moutain pastures. Therefore, always stay on the marked trails rather than take shortcuts. Also, setting up a tent is tolerated but you must have the shepherd’s agreement. While hiking, you will probably come across flocks grazing, mull over or simply resting. To avoid disturing them, slow down when approaching them and avoid sudden movement. You can go around them quietly, without shouting.
KEEP YOUR DOG ON THE LEASH
Dogs can frighten the flocks, disturb the shepherd dogs work or even induce agressives reactions from the protection dogs called “patous” (for whom dog is threat in the same way as wolves). The role of the patous is to protect the herd from predator attacks. These dogs can also perceive your presence as an intrusion. So when you meet one, keep your distance, and go around it widely.
In the Bauges Massif, some areas are prohibited for dogs with a specific reglementation. So make sure to ask the tourism office if dogs are allowed before coming to the Park. If they are allowed, do not forget to keep them on a leash.