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Natural wood lands, bogs and habitat network around Aussee (LIFE Ausseerland)


LIFE Ausseerland aims to improve the structural diversity in forests, as well as the function of ecological corridors between the mountainous areas. The project area encompasses two main Natura 2000 network sites, and several habitat connectivity corridors. During recent centuries, monocultural spruce forests have been developed that are characterized by low diversity and structure and increasing sensitivity to pests and heavy wetter conditions. The alluvial and riparian forests have become degraded through regulation of rivers and drainage of wetlands. Open areas, which formerly were used as alpine pastures, are often abandoned and the valuable grassland habitats are progressively overgrown by spruces. 

The main objectives are:

  • To develop forest areas characterised by an ecologic diversity and high share of dead wood within the “Dachstein plateau” and “Totes Gebirge” N2000 sites;
  • To create a “grouse habitat network” for Tetraonidae (grouse/ capercaillie) through the development of “stepping stones” between the two Natura 2000 sites on some 300 ha;
  • To create the “Mitterndorfer habitat network”, a system consisting of peatlands and wetlands. After the restoration of target habitats, some 150 ha will be nominated for inclusion in the Natura 2000 network;
  • To integrate regional partners and non-governmental organisations into the project and carry out public relations activities focusing on LIFE and the N2000 network.

Project information


Sterreichische Bundesforste AG Project Manager: Anna-Sphie PIRTSCHER Tel: +43 664 883 268 70 Email: Anna-Sophie.Pirtscher@bundesforste.at


Government of Styria, Dep. 14 – Wasserwirtschaft, Ressourcen und Nachhaltigkeit, Austria; Gemeine Altaussee, Austria; Gemeinde Grundlsee, Austria; Wildbach- und Lawinenverbauung, Austria

Source of funding

LIFE12 NAT/AT/000321

Published in Climate-ADAPT Jul 17 2020   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2022

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