It's under the impulse of the towns of Bertogne, Gouvy, Houffalize, La Roche-en-Ardenne, Sainte-Ode and Tenneville, that was born the project to create the Nature Park of the Two Ourthe Rivers. They associated in June 2000 to realize their project...
One by one, the many ideas became reality and it's on July 12, 2001 that the Nature Park officially came into existence. It covers an area of 75998 hectares (187,799 acres) and is the most widespread of the nine Nature Parks of Wallonia. It was built around two main areas: on one side the Western Ourthe, the Eastern Ourthe and their confluents, on the other the plateau of Les Tailles.
A little look around will show its many riches:
- In the north, the “Zone of Special Protection” of the Les Tailles Plateau, culminating at 652 meters (2139 ft). A Paradise for the naturalist, it has next to the peat bogs: cotton grass, sphagnum moss, sun dews, pearl effect cranberry, emberiza (common reed buntings) and saxicola...
- In the center, the site of the Hérou (also in the Zone of Special Protection) at the confluent of the Western and Oriental Ourthe, gives birth to the remarkable Ourthe valley, hemmed in and meandering, heading north and housing the kingfisher and the dipper...
- Then, towards the west, vast and deep forests of broadleaved trees giving protection to stags, roe deer, wild boar and wild cats.
- In the east, the spring of the Oriental Ourthe and its few affluents cross the plateau through some large semi-wooded landscapes, feeding zone of the black stork.
- To the south, a number of small valleys of humid zones around the Western Ourthe and its numerous affluents offer surprising sites of open landscapes and still intact countryside.
- Finally, a multitude of small villages and hamlets, containing superb typical buildings having escaped the war damages, are scattered throughout this exceptional territory...
Added to a particular interest for the river and the setting up of the River Ourthe Contract, a project of an integrated and participative management of the forests of Saint-Hubert is developing.
La Grande Forêt de Saint-Hubert
Land of Stags and Legends
To develop an innovative and respectful « Forest » tourism in which the visitor basks in a unique ambiance, such is the objective of « La Grande Forêt de Saint-Hubert ».
This ambitious project of forming a territory with a high touristic potential is undertaken since 2010 by ten communities (amongst which Saint-Ode), the Province of Luxembourg and four Houses of Tourism (of which the Land of Bastogne). Numerous activities, events and « Forest »accommodations are already available. Each visitor can find the perfect ingredient for a successful sojourn in the heart of the deep and mysterious forest.
This vast territory of over 100.000 hectares (247,110 acres) is covered by forest on more than half its surface.(52,200 ha or 128,991 acres)
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