The project Life+ 2010 to 2015
8 new spaces for experiencing nature and the river Mur
The 1309 hectare Natura 2000 site
"Upper and middle reaches of the river Mur with Puxer floodplain forest, Puxer wall and Gulsen" is forming the geographical area. The Upper Mur is one of the most invaluable river courses in Austria.
The Upper river Mur with its substantially intact habitat conditions allows a natural reproduction to the "King of Fish", the huchen or Danube salmon in Austria's rivers and streams.
The general objective is the restoration, improvement and long-term protection of the nature-orientated wetland forests and river landscape. Here, the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive and water management and protection are being considered, since they are the prerequisite to maintain rare and endangered animal and plant species.
Typical structures, such as branches, gravel bars, flat river banks, wetland forests and alluvial forest waters are going to be created or initiated on eight different sections of the river Mur. These are knowingly chosen in the vicinity of already implemented measures to intensify the effects of the overall project.
Accompanying scientific research
To document and guarantee the success of the project measures are scientifically examined in a monitoring program.
Public relation is an integral part of the project. Press releases, folder and a project homepage are used to inform the population. In addition, school projects, events and a film production are planned.