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Protected plant species in the Nordwald Nature Park, © Mag. Axel Schmidt


Our goals in the nature conservation pillar

We will preserve the natural area in its genuine diversity and valuable beauty and protect our unique cultural landscape also for coming generations through near-natural use.

In accordance with the nature conservation pillar of the 4-pillar model of the Austrian Nature Parks, Norwald Nature Park association has formulated a number of sub-goals for the coming years in its Nature Park Concept, which are to be achieved step by step within the scope of several projects:

  • Grassland management, including marginal land (e.g. semi-arid and lowland moorland meadows), is preserved in accordance with the existing protected areas and also extended to areas that are currently fallow. Protected species from the bird, plant, insect and bat communities that depend on these habitats are to be permanently protected. The progressive growth of forest areas is stopped and the proportion of open land is significantly increased at the expense of woodland.
  • Non-native spruce forests are converted into natural forest communities with a high proportion of deadwood and managed with appropriate care. Protected species from the bird, mammal, plant and insect groups that depend on these habitats are to be permanently protected.
  • The population of the Bohemian gentian will recover and the genus will occur on several sites in the Nature Park in the future. The continued presence of this species in the Nature Park will be ensured in the long term. The Bohemian gentian and other plant species in need of protection (e.g. arnica) are to become familiar to the local people, landowners and managers, as well as visitors and tourists as key species (USP) for the area and around the theme of "colourful meadows".
  • Coexistence with large mammals such as wolves, lynx and wildcats should be possible without conflict. The species or subjects become a positive factor also in the pillars of education, recreation and regional development. The conservation of these species will be secured in the long term.