In the period from February 16 to 17, within the framework of the project "Improving recreational capacity in Ukrainian protected and forested areas", which is implemented with the support of the International Program of the US Forest Service (U.S. Forest Service International Programs), representatives of the organization carried out an inspection of a number of objects that need improvement and restoration of recreational potential.
Among them, in particular, is the ecological and educational trail "Zhenets-Polonina Yavirnyk Tract", which was laid back in the 20s of the last century and originates from the administrative building of the Zhenets nature protection and research department.
Its main characteristics are its length - 4.2 km, duration of the transition - 4 hours. Altitude above sea level: starting point - 650 m, end point - 1221 m, height gain - 700 m. Despite this, passing through a serpentine path, the path covers natural complexes with various landscapes of forest and subalpine zones and is located in a zone of regulated recreation. Its lower part is located on the slopes of landslide and scree wear, the steepness of which in some places reaches 50-60 degrees. The slopes are covered with boulders, crushed stone, and boulders belonging to the small gravity relief types. The ridge and the peak on which the path leads take a rounded shape. A part of the road paved with stones, which was used in ancient times for the passage of horse-drawn carriages, has survived to this day. Therefore, in addition to the recreational and touristic value, the specified object has a historical and cultural attraction, both for the scientific community and for tourists. Also, the object of study is the possibility of arranging the parking area and the territory of the former quarry (approximate area of about 2 hectares), located at the foot of Khomyak Mountain. This is due to the need to solve issues related, in particular, to the regulation of spontaneous ascent on the specified mountain, as well as reducing the accident rate. Because today, due to the lack of a designated parking space, tourists are forced to leave their vehicles along the roadside. Thus, harming the environment and endangering the safety of their own lives and the lives of local residents.
Inspection of the quarry from a height.
View of the quarry and the parking area from a height.