Respect for natural heritage
The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc® and all the Mont-Blanc communities are resolutely engaged in an initiative concerning the protection of the environment and sustainable development.
Your role is crucial in the success of this challenge !
The activity, trail-running, takes place in open country, in contact to the flora and fauna and in exceptional landscapes. This environment is fragile; each trail-runner must respect it and participate in its conservation. This year, we are working to improve the measures to limit the impact of our races on the environment. We are counting on you to adopt a responsible attitude and encourage those accompanying you share it.
During your reconnaissance trips, over the totality of the route take the time to understand that :
- camping is regulated by each different commune,
- motor vehicles are forbidden outside of the roads open for traffic,
- dogs must not wander freely
The UTMB®, CCC®, TDS™ and PTL™ races cross natural areas with particular vocations :
- 4 Nature Reserves : the reserves of Contamines-Montjoie, Aiguilles Rouges, Passy and Sixt-Passy
- 7 Natura 2000 sites on both French and Italian territory (Aiguilles Rouges, Contamines Montjoie, Haut Giffre, Aravis, Réseau de vallons d’altitude à Caricion (col du Petit St Bernard, Environnement glaciaire du Mont Blanc, Val Ferret)
- 1 District franc in Switzerland (Val Ferret/Combe de l’A)
We are fighting against ground erosion
Do not use short-cuts in particular on paths which are most susceptible to soil erosion when it rains. This year special signs will be placed in the sectors judged to be the most at risk, so please play the game and follow the paths!
Respect the herds and flocks of animals
During the race and training, day or night, respect the flocks or herds of domestic animals and adopt good behaviour around them : don’t shout, don’t wave your poles around…
If these animals are taken by surprise it evokes panic amongst them !
What are nature reserves?
Nature reserves are areas of excellence for the conservation of diverse biological and geological specimens found within the area.
They are areas in which the biodiversity is such that it should be protected for the future, and where it can be managed, studied and visited because it contains habitats and rare or threaten species.
These 4 Nature reserves are managed by the association, Asters (academy of natural spaces for the Haute-Savoie) which collaborates its actions with the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®’s environment commission.
What can one see ?
Ibex, Bearded vultures, (Lammergeier), Dippers, Martagon (Turk’s cap) lilies, Common House leeks (Sempervivium tectorum) and plenty of other species!
Whether it be during the race or during your training and reconnaissance trips, do not forget that the Nature Reserves have their own specific regulations for the respect of nature and the enjoyment of everybody.
|Do not take dogs so that the fauna is not
NB : At the heart of the Les Contamines-Montjoie nature reserve they are allowed only if they are kept on their leads.
|Take away all rubbish so that the site remains clean.
|No camping and no fires so as to leave no signs of your passage.
|Do not pick flowers, or plants, so that they remain there for everybody to admire.
||Stay on the paths and avoid making a noise so as to limit the amount of tramping about and disturbing the fauna and others using the paths.|
What is Natura 2000 ?
It is a site which is part of a European network which has been identified for the rarity or fragility of its natural surroundings which shelters a remarkable flora and fauna. These sites aim to conserve the biodiversity while taking in to account the economic, social and cultural demands.
We provide teams of volunteers "on the ground" to inform the public about respecting the rules in natural environments.