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Styrian Natural Forest Cells - Contract Conservation in Styria

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Kaarlgraben
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Hauserer Alm
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Triebener Moor
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Hauserer Alm
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Weizklamm
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Triebener Moor

The first models of contract conservation were established in Styria, and thanks to the good relations with the Styrian government have been a great success. In 1996 a contract was drawn up between the Styrian government, BIOSA and 7 landowners. The landowners had dedicated 84.15 hectares of forest, to be used as a model in biotope management and dynamic conservation.

It was expected that this would have a positive effect on the fauna and flora, permit eco-systematic research and conclusions as to the effects of low impact forestry.
BIOSA now has 18 Natural Forest Cells with a total surface of 408 hectares.

This network of cells is to be further extended. To this purpose, BIOSA and the government officials are constantly inspecting new biotopes, for which BIOSA then effects an evaluation and draws up the management plans.