Schutz von Tieren und Pflanzen in der Schweiz.

Protected areas

For flora and fauna in our region

Although our main focus is on activities, respecting nature is extremely important to us. Our region is not just a popular destination, but is also home to rare plants and endangered animal species in need of special protection. We rely on your support to ensure that this remains the case in the future.

Protected areas map

Protection of birds

The Ruinaulta is not just an impressive destination for people to visit, but is also home to some critically endangered bird species, such as the little ringed plover and sandpiper. They breed between April and July and rear their young on the gravel banks by the river and on the islands. If they are disturbed by people during this time, this may endanger their brood. It is therefore important that you take note of the protected areas along the Rhine gorge and respect the request not to enter the area.

Undisturbed wildlife habitats

Although the wildlife has grown accustomed to the presence of winter sports lovers, they need to be able to retreat to quieter areas when necessary. This is particularly important during winter, as they need peace and quiet to conserve as much energy as possible in order to survive the coldest time of the year. To give the animals the rest they need, there are undisturbed wildlife habitat areas in LAAX. These wildlife areas are marked with a colour shading and a symbol on the slope map. You will also find signs at the edges of the areas. You can find a map of the entire Swiss wildlife habitat here.

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Schutzmaßnahmen für Wildtiere in der Schweiz.

Forest reserves

In our forest reserves, nature calls the shots. Here, the forest is left to its own devices and is not cultivated. In these areas of forest, the protection of biodiversity is particularly important and valuable. The rare wood grouse is one of many species native to this area. The reserves are secured through a long-term agreement between the owner of the forest, the canton and Pro Natura. For example, there has been an 81-hectare natural forest reserve on the site of the former downhill run from Nagens to Flims since 2009.

Mother cows

Our farmers practise near-natural livestock farming. This means that pastures and hiking trails often cross paths. Mother cows grazing on pastures with their calves have a strong protective instinct. To enable humans and animals to coexist, there are certain rules you should follow:

  • Do not leave the hiking trails
  • Do not pet the calves
  • Proceed past the animals at a safe distance of 20 to 50 metres
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead
  • If animals approach you: do not turn your back; leave the field slowly

Animal protection

Following the return of the wolf to our region, shepherds often use sheepdogs to protect their animals. As a biker or hiker, you will therefore cross paths with sheepdogs and the animals they are looking after. To ensure that this happens without any problems, it is important that you follow certain rules:

  • Do not leave the hiking trails in pasture areas
  • Pass by herds of animals quietly at a safe distance of 20 to 50 metres
  • If you approach a sheepdog on your bike, dismount and proceed quietly
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead


Did you know that water and marshland are some of the most precious areas for nature? They are home to a wide range of endangered species of animals and plants. The remaining intact areas are consequently now under natural protection.

There is moorland of national significance on the lower Segnesboden. Moorland is particularly endangered by leisure activities. To ensure that these habitats in need of protection are not completely destroyed, please do not leave the official hiking trails and do not pick any plants.

Protection of plants

Are you a person who likes to pick the most beautiful flowers and put them in water at home? If so, bear in mind that this will only be possible in the future if we do so in moderation. The canton of Graubünden also has a plant protection law which states that certain plants can no longer be picked or may only be picked up to a maximum of three. You will find information boards located throughout our region indicating the plants that this relates to.


Did you know that the Lake Constance trout returns to its spawning grounds every year? One of these is in the Rhine gorge. This was no longer the case for some time, but thanks to extensive restoration of waterways and the removal of fish migration obstacles, more fish are once again able to make their way from Lake Constance to their spawning grounds in the Anterior Rhine and Posterior Rhine each year.

Fishing rights are conferred by means of a patent system in the canton of Graubünden. On payment of a fee, all people aged 14 and above can fish on most waters throughout the canton.

Protection of fungi

Did you know fungi play an important role in maintaining the equilibrium of ecosystems? Furthermore, over 120 indigenous species of lichen and fungus are in immediate danger of extinction. To protect the fungi living in our region, the following fungi protection regulations should be observed in relation to the collection of fungi:

  • A fungi protection period applies from the first to the tenth of each month, during which time all collection of fungi is prohibited
  • A maximum of 2 kg of fungi may be collected by any individual person
  • No equipment may be used for the collection of fungi

There are also certain protected fungi areas in which the collection of fungi is prohibited.

Umweltfreundliche Firmen in Laax.

Near-natural site

Did you know that the rocksresort site was recognised as a "near-natural site" by the "Natur & Wirtschaft" (Nature and Science) foundation? Indigenous trees and shrubs were planted here, with meadows, embankments and hedgerows separated out. These meadows need to mowed at most twice per year, producing valuable rough pastures which present an important biosphere for rare animals and plants.

Construction with environmental monitoring

Every year the Weisse Arena Gruppe invests in the development of the resort. Old chairlifts are replaced, adjustments are made to the landscape for slopes, artificial snow-making systems are built, new bike trails are cleared, and trails for hiking are maintained. This work is done in close cooperation with an environmental consultant. The environmental consultant takes responsibility for environmental protection issues while the project is being carried out, monitors the measures taken to protect natural habitats, makes sure that laws pertaining to the environment are observed, and also that replacement habitats are provided for.