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A cooperative forest enterprise


Portrait of the Osterwald Cooperative.

GeologyGlacial moraine (Würm period); hilly, south-western Alpine foothills
ClimateSubmontane, 600–700 m.a.s.l.
Topography/Site80 % plain to slightly inclined slopes, 20 % steeper slopes
Average annual precipitation/temperature1500 mm/7 °C
Potential natural vegetationSubmontane mixed mountain forest composed of Norway spruce (Picea abies), silver fir (Abies alba) and beech (Fagus sylvatica): 75 %
Ravine forest communities: 10 %
Peatland and riparian forests: 15 %
Total forest area261 ha
Tree species compositionNorway spruce (57 %); silver fir (25 %); beech (8 %); other broadleaves (9 %) including ash (Fraxinus excelsior), alder (Alnus glutinosa), sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus); other conifers (1 %)
Annual growthAnnual increment amounts to about 13 m³/ha. Annual increment for Norway spruce is estimated at around 15 m³/ha and even higher for silver fir
Total volume515 m³/ha
Annual cutting rate13.5 m³/ha
RegenerationOn 60 % of the total area
Protected areas– Natura 2000 area: 100 %
– Forest biotopes: 10 %
– Nature conservation areas: 1 %
– Forest areas for soil protection: 17 %
Recreation areasThe entire Osterwald is designated as recreational area
HuntingImplemented by Osterwald Cooperative since 1992