Projects

The wilderness area administration receives financial support from the province of Lower Austria in order to fulfill its core tasks. For projects and ideas that go beyond these main tasks, financial support must be garnered elsewhere. This support may come in the form of public funds (in particular subsidies from the European Union) as well as donations from private sponsors. These funds are mainly used for measures ensuring the protection of species, for research, for natural environment management and for public relations. Each year the wilderness area administration carries out 5-10 of these projects, each of which take an average of three to four years to complete.

Examples of projects:

  • Public relations: The work of the wilderness area administration should be made available and comprehensible to the public. This should also increase acceptance. The environmental education offers aim at improving the understanding of nature as a whole and of nature conservation in particular.
  • Network Natural Forests: The project “Network Natural Forests” was initiated by the Kalkalpen National Park (Upper Austria) in collaboration with Gesäuse Natiional Park (Styria) and the Wilderness Dürrenstein. The project will ensure the interchange between populations of wild animals and plants via connecting habitats. Link: www.netzwerk-naturwald.at
  • Bats: This species protection project seeks to support and connect the regional populations of bats (especially the forest-dependent species). To this end, substitute shelters are installed, the prevalence of certain species and their activity are estimated using call analysis, and the prohibition of the use of trees with bat shelters (often old deciduous trees) is aimed at.
  • The Ural Owl: Since 2009 Ural owls (Strix uralensis) have been resettled in the wilderness area. Nesting boxes and feeding during the first few weeks after release aim to ease their return into the wild. In 2015 the first pair of brooding owls was seen in a hollow trunk.
  • GIS (Geographic information system): development of a GIS for autonomous work of the administration and for the improvement of public relations.

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