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.
Families of the woodsmen produced their own food through gardening and hunting, as well as their own clothing. In some cases, their sewing of intricate laces became well known outside the forest, resulting in additional family income. Because of their isolation from society in general, woodsmen and their families developed their own style of dress, music, sewing, dialect, celebrations, and the type of dwellings. The Masovia woodsmen for example, known as Kurpie people, who lived in the forested region known in Poland as the White Wilderness (Puszcza Biała) and the Green Wilderness, still proudly proclaim and celebrate their unique culture and customs.
Visiting Polish monuments of nature
May weekend is one of the first opportunities for short tourist trips. Picnic can spend not only a home barbecue, but also for mountain walks or visiting Polish monuments of nature, and above all walks of large parks and greenery around the beautiful lakes. This way you can not only eat well, but also to spend time in the fresh air and the opportunity to see the history of Polish tourism. Weather in early May is sometimes different, but certainly much more conducive to family walks in the mountains, than the weather prevailing during the cold weather. In contrast, people who visit the large parks, may in designated areas also organize family camping.
Organized sightseeing tours
Tourists, who are characterized by a sense of organization or like to participate in joint trips very often participate in tours organized by travel agencies. As a result, tourists do not have to worry about how they could get to your center, and here is where they will spend nights and ate meals. The most common are organized bus excursions, during which you can stop at various points of interest. Also, the owners of buses that during the school year set down their children to school, willing to rent them to the needs of tourists. Additional attractions can provide travel by train, part of which has been leased for a group of tourists, especially when it passes through the centers of some forest.