National Park Gesäuse with the Styrian Provincial Forests

On this beautiful Sunday, August 14th, 2016, we started the day with the third plenary session of the IFSA General Assembly. It was followed by a presentation on “Stakeholder involvement and conflict solving” by Wilhelm Graiss, teacher at the Agricultural School Raumberg-Gumpenstein.

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In the afternoon we were invited by the Styrian Provincial Forests to visit the National Park Gesäuse. Andreas Holzinger, director of the Styrian Provincial Forests welcomed us in the breathtakingly beautiful scenery. During the excursion we heard a lot about the Gesäuse and national parks in general.

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Afterwards we were divided into smaller groups and covered a range of important topics including visitor management, forest conversion to regenerating secondary forests and the handling of the bark beetle inside a national park.

To learn more about game management we then continued to visit a feeding place for game. We discussed for example why it is necessary to feed the game during winter in the National Park.

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Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious dinner of game goulash from the Styrian Provincial Forests. Thank you for this amazing day!

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