Mountain Wilderness - Project success

Release date: 31 October 2011

Following the 2011 funding round, Mountain Wilderness, a charity based in France, with the aim of protecting habitat, wildlife as well as outdoor enthusiasts in wild, open spaces -  through the removal of old instalations (such as ski lifts) and remnants from the second world war has conducted two very successful operations in the Southern Alps this summer,


 
Removal of Ski Lift, Montagne de Lure.  Image Lionel Pascale
Removal of Ski Lift, Montagne de Lure. Image Lionel Pascale

Despite the rain and a strong 'Mistral' wind, a hundred volunteers worked hard over a weekend in mid-May on Montagne de Lure. They removed around 50 tons of various different types of waste left over by an abandoned ski resort: from remnants of ski lifts to piles of concrete blocks.

Montagne de Lure’s slopes are thus given back to wilderness, to the rare Orsini’s Viper, the wild tulips and Fritillaries.

 
Mercantour National Park.  Image Lionel Pascale
Mercantour National Park. Image Lionel Pascale

In total contrast, in July, volunteers fought against the baking sun of the Ubaye Valley and against the military detritus abandoned after World War II, close to the original fortification line.

80 people from 13 to 83 years of age removed 8 tons of metallic waste and vicious barbed wire from an important grazing pasture. These two days of work represent great progress in terms of the safety not only for wildlife, but also hikers and horse riders.

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"It was a great experience to receive the funding with the support of the people through an exciting voting contest. With the funding we managed to ensure preservation of another 10,000 hectares of wilderness in Küre Mountains National Park in Turkey providing safe haven for endangered species such as wolves and bears. We contributed to saving the last remaining priceless untouched natural areas in Europe so that future generations can also enjoy them."
Zoltán Kun, Executive Director, PAN Parks Foundation