system of protected areas in Valle d'Aosta is composed of the National Park of Gran Paradiso, the Park of Mont Avic and nine nature reserves.
(Lake Lolair, Côte de Gargantua, Lake Villa, Les Iles Nature Reserve, Nature Reserve Marais, Riserva Naturale Monte Mars, Holay Pond Nature Reserve, Nature Reserve Lake Lozon, Nature Reserve Tsatelet).
The Gran Paradiso, the oldest Italian natural park, extending over some 70,000 hectares of land distributed almost equally between Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta.
The Natural Park of Mont Avic, established by regional law in 1989, houses the largest mountain pine forest in the region.
The nine nature reserves, almost all of modest size, allow the preservation of habitats of high conservation value such as peat bogs, xerothermic areas, alpine lakes and ponds. These areas protected under Regional Law 30 July 1991, n. 30, represent only a part of the heritage
Natural Val d'Aosta, extremely rich, consisting of websites, often unknown to most people, very interesting geomorphology, vegetation and fauna.
( Fonte testo ed immagini www.regione.vda.it)