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C22 Langau



Close-to-nature management, reflections based on 20 years of experience


General information on the Langau forest.

Total forest area8431 ha
Organisational structurefour forest districts managed by four foresters; one head forest manager
Main management typesNo clearcutting since 1994; selective felling at varying intensities
Total standing volume2 600 000 m³
Annual growth5 m³/ha
Annual cut42 000 m³
Deadwood (standing and lying)50 m³/ha (estimated)
Altitude1050 m a.s.l.
OwnershipRothschild’sche Forstverwaltung Langau (owners of the trust were the members of the Rothschild family); since 2018/2019 the forest is owned by Prinzhorn Holding
ClimateTypical climate of the alpine foothills with high precipitation; seasonal extremes in late winter falling mainly as snow; often rainy periods in June/July; low annual average temperature (~5.7 °C)
SoilShallow dolomite rendzina soils; limestone brown loam; gravel in floodplain areas
GeologyNortheastern limestone Alps: limestone, dolomite with occasional occurrence of sandstone
Protected areas1159 ha of wilderness area (‘Wildnisgebiet Dürrenstein’); 216 ha of strict forest reserves (‘Hinterer Oiswald’) 11 ha of old-growth islands/patches
Natural forest communitySubmontane and montane Norway spruce–fir–beech forests (Picea abies–Abies alba–Fagus sylvatica) with sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), ash (Fraxinus excelsior), mountain elm (Ulmus glabra); subalpine Norway spruce forest, beech forests, floodplain forests, ravine forests with sycamore and mountain elm