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Bringing moors back to life!

High moors in the Nature Park Karwendel

Moors are true natural masterpieces and climate protectors: They store vast amounts of water and actively fight climate change and global warming by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere (especially peat bogs). In the Nature Park Karwendel, the "green heroes" were restored about 15 years ago and have since been regularly controlled and maintained. Moors need silt and plenty of water to develop, and in the vicinity of Achenkirch, the Nature Park Karwendel offers the ideal conditions.

About 50 years ago, many moors were drained by means of ditches for the creation of pastures and the extraction of peat. Thanks to the cooperation of many people involved, however, it was possible to bring the moors back to life and to restore this impressive natural landscape in the Karwendel. Fauna and flora which live in the acidic subsoil of moors have also returned to the nature park. The moors in the Karwendel are home to a wealth of plant and animal species, among them sundew, cranberries, and the small dragonfly species Leucorrhinia.

Protecting nature is important!

Among other measures, larch timber dams were installed in ditches to restore the moors. Timber dams are very effective at holding water, and gradually, the retained water allowed the peat moss to grow, and the raised bogs in the Karwendel formed a carpet of moss several metres thick. To this day, efforts to protect the moors in the Nature Park Karwendel are ongoing, with the aim of making space for bogs to grow and to encourage responsible use and care of this sensitive ecosystem.

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