Natural Park of Paneveggio
The territory of the Natural Park Paneveggio Pale di San Martino is located in the eastern Alps (Dolomites, Trentino) and is set around the catchment areas of the Cismon, Vanoi and Travignolo, including Val Venegia, the Paneveggio Forest, a large portion of Pale di San Martino, the eastern end of the Lagorai and a part of Lusia chain – Cima Bocche, areas that are Sites of Community Importance and Special Protection areas within the European network ‘Natura 2000’.
The extraordinary group of Pale di San Martino is one of nine mountain ranges included in the list of natural heritages recognised by UNESCO, World Human Heritage.
The park covers mainly a mountain area with altitudes generally higher than 1500 meters and covers an area of almost 200 square kilometres.
Differences in geology, in morphology and in altitude create in the Park different environments and highly diversified habitats, home to a rich vegetation with many rare and endemic species. The fauna is represented by all the major typical alpine species, with the exception of large carnivores. Very important are the populations of deer, roe deer, chamois. The ibex was reintroduced in the Park since 2000 and today has a colony of more than 60 units, that is expanding. Among the birds, to signal the golden eagle, the wood grouse, black grouse, rock ptarmigan, the hazel grouse and the rock partridge.