THE POSSIBILITY OF USING THE RESERVE „MUŃCOŁ” FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION. THE PROJECT OF THE “MUŃCOLSKIE KNIEJE” EDUCATIONAL TRAIL
Zbigniew Wilczek 1  
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Grzegorz Kubicki 2  
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Katedra Geobotaniki i Ochrony Przyrody, Uniwersytet Śląski, ul. Jagiellońska 28, 40-032 Katowice, Polska
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Biuro Projektów Budownictwa Komunikacyjnego TRAKT sp. z o.o. sp. k., ul. Jesionowa 15, 40-159 Katowice
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Katedra Ochrony Środowiska, Śląska Wyższa Szkoła Zarządzania im. Gen. J. Ziętka, ul. Krasińskiego 2, 40-952 Katowice, Polska
Publication date: 2014-10-21
 
Inż. Ekolog. 2013; 33:183–190
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Muńcoł reserve is located on the eastern slopes of Muńcoł Massif (1165 m above the sea level), in the group of the Wielka Racza in the Żywiec Beskids, in the range of 925–1120 m above the sea level. Phytosociological - floristic studies in the reserve Muńcoł, carried out between 2008–2009, serve to identifity vascular plants and diversity of plants communities in term of their availability for environmental education. As a result, the study found 112 species of vascular plants of which 12 species are under legal protection and 3 are covered partially protected. In the study, there were no non-native species to the Polish flora. There was no expansive species that threaten the diversity of species of flora present in the area. Based on 42 phytosociological relevés following the Braun-Banquet’s method allows to distinguish 5 syntaxa the rank of the association, including 3 forest syntaxa and 2 non-forest syntaxa. To fully popularize natural assets of the reserve Muńcoł, the “Muńcolskie Knieje” educational trail is projected along existing forest trail through the central part of the reserve. Both adults and school children can benefit from visiting the educational trail. Along the nature trail the following stops are planned: Fertile Carpathian beech, Springfens stream, Sycamore forest with tall-herbs, Snowdrop, Interesting forms of spruce, Fauna of the reserve, Green hellebore, Active protection of mountain meadows. The total length of the nature trail is 0.9 km and the time required for a visit including reading all 8 stop descriptions is about 1 hour.