In parallel with preserving the ecological value and heritage sites of its territory, the Park endeavours to keep the local economy dynamic. It works in close collaboration with those involved in the agricultural and animal-husbandry sector, tourism and forestry.
Farming and grazing activities help to maintain open spaces of important heritage, landscape quality and biodiversity. It is one of the major challenges for the Cévennes National Park to keep agriculture dynamic without sacrificing ecology and heritage. There are about 400 farms operating in the Park’s central zone.
Forests cover more than 45% of Lozère and contribute significantly to the local economy. The wood industry generates numerous job, both directly. Moreover, forests are managed to protect and fight against erosion. Without calling these uses into question, the National Park works to ensure that biodiversity and the landscape are taken into account in forest management.
Tourism is, together with farming, a mainstay of the economy in the Cévennes. The exceptional natural area of the Cévennes National Park lends itself to many outdoor activities : hiking, horseback riding, cycling, mountain biking, river sports, skiing... The discovery of a wildlife, the great natural sites - the gorges ot the Tarn, Aven Armand, the chaos of Nîmes le Vieux... - are major assets.