An Ardent Fighter for Nature
People in the district are slowly getting used to the fact that Zalishchyky has become home to the headquarters of the National Nature Park Dnister Canyon. This is a great honor for the community and an obligation to preserve the beautiful stretches of land along the Dnister and its tributaries for over 250 km.
The idea of the national park has a long history. In the 1930s, individual nature reserves were created in the territories adjacent to the Dnister. However, the most systematic and target-specific work was carried out by an ardent fighter for nature preservation, Mykola Chaikovskyi.
Mykola Chaikovsky was born on September 2, 1922, in the Vinnytsia Region. From 1949 to 1967 he worked as a forester in various locations at the south of the Ternopil Region. From 1967, when the regional nature protection inspectorate was created, M. Chaikovskyi joined it. His fascination with nature inspired his excellent work. His research papers touch upon the issues of archeology, regional study, literature, art, social forecasting, and much more.
M. P. Chaikovskyi, 1985, a photo from the family archive
The Dnister Canyon is the largest canyon in Ukraine and one of the largest in Europe.
The canyon is home to one of the most beautiful European rivers - the Dnister. It is the second largest river in Ukraine, with the total length of 1365 km.
To preserve the canyon’s valuable natural, historical and cultural complexes and facilities, President Yushchenko resolved to create the National Nature Park Dnister Canyon in Borshchiv, Buchach, Zalishchyky and Monastyryska Districts (Presidential Decree No. 96 dated February 3, 2010).
The National Nature Park Dnister Canyon includes 10,829.18 ha of land, including 7,189.65 ha of government-owned land to be provided to the National Park for permanent use (subject to confiscation from land users), and 3,639.53 ha of land to be included in the National Park without confiscation.
The Dnister Canyon is renowned for its unique geological formations. Rocks of various origins have survived all of the geological and biological eras, witnessing the impressive evolutionary events over the past 420 million years. The Dnister Canyon is a live geology textbook with real illustrations demonstrating sections of the earth surface.