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Rosenheim, 04. Juni 2009

Logo Landratsamt Rosenheim

Gate to the bog is located in Derndorfer Moos
The bog experience station already draws the public like a magnet,
county chief executive praised the community work
Today (6/3/9) the info-station "Moorerlebnis Sterntaler Filze" was officially opened to bring residents and tourists close to a part of nature's history. On the 1.5 hectare big area, peat and nature can literally be experienced by all human senses.
Crowds of visitors are not desired in the peat area, says project manager Ralf Stohwasser, but because bogs are part of the homeland, it is worth well to inform the public the need to protect it. The raised bog renaturation is active climate protection, because it actually binds CO2. Also, through the rewetting measures, plants and animals can reinhabit, according to Strohwasser.
The necessity of admittance of the public was also emphasized by Stefan Pratsch from the Bavarian State Forest Department; one only protects what one values. Pratch called the bog experience station a gateway to the bog. Chief executive Josef Neiderhell praised from his view the pleasent teamwork between the communities of Raubling and Bad Feilnbach and also the county administration, which coordinates the EU project.
The bog experience station with its solid future in tourism also profits from a second lookout point the Raublinger Mittagshuette (noon hut), where lessons for students can be held in a glass classroom, states the chief adminstrative officer. Town mayor Hans Hofer pointed out the signifcance of raised bogs in Bad Feilnbach. It used to be devastated grounds, that were avoided, then reclamated and cleared in the distress of poverty before over 100 years ago peat was discoverd for clinical healing treatments. Hofer gave thanks to project manager Ralf Strohwasser for being the right man at the right place.
Adults and especially childen and youth should discover at the info-station why for instance, the water in the raised bogs is dammed. Peat used to be mined there, a very strainious job, which especially older people remember. In order to tell the story in a manner children can understand, there is a "Moor-Elfe" (bog fairy) that guides even the smallest children through its kingdom. Attractions are among others, a bird view station, lookout hill, water filled peat minings and a 650 meter long boardwalk, which even assures admission of wheelchairs in the peatland.
The construction of the station was strongly supported by the Bavarian State Forestry Department, youth groups and regional volunteers. Due to its beautiful landscape and unique bog-experience it became a magnet for visitors.
The information station "Moorerlebnis Sterntaler Filze" is part of the LIFE Nature Project "Rosenheimer Stammbeckenmoore". The aim is the restoration of the natural water household on its round 11 cubic kilometer area. The project is financed from ecologic, cultural and social foundations of the County of Rosenheim, Town of Raubling and the Bavarian State Ministry for Ecology and Health. The European Union takes part on the total budget of almost 1.9 million Euro along with the Bavarian Nature Protection Funds with 10%.
The raised bog is a leftover of the Rosenheimer Lake, which arose after the last ice age and was approximately as big as the Lake Constance today. The lake ground accumulated fine clay particles that were drained into the lake from the glacier streams. After the Rosenheimer Lake disapeared, it ran literally out 12,000 years ago after which it broke through a terminal moraine located where Wasserburg is today, water could not seep into the clay layered lake bottom. Initially a wet terrestrial ecosystem formed where peat gradually developed from the dead vegetation.
At about 1800 man began to dehydrate the landscape and mine the bogs. The won peat was used, for example, for the Rosenheimer Saline (salt making) and later used in breweries. The last proceeded peat mining ended 2005. Since then the LIFE Nature Project "Rosenheimer Stammbeckenmoore".
Neiderhell Hofer Strohwasser Führung (Bild klicken für großes Bild im eigenen Browserfenster)
Project manager Ralf Strohwasser (right) presents the info-station to the amazed audience, along with county chief executive Josef Neiderhell (left front) und Bad Feilnbach's Mayer Hans Hofer (to the right of Neiderhell).
Urwald der Sinne Elfe (Bild klicken für großes Bild im eigenen Browserfenster)
A bog fairy guides children and adults through the
"Moorerlebnis Sterntaler Filze" park.
Wiedervernässte Ex-Abbauflächen (Bild klicken für großes Bild im eigenen Browserfenster)
Rain water in the former peat mines returns the area to nature. It takes 1000 years for the peat to rise 1 meter.
Moorteich 1 (Bild klicken für großes Bild im eigenen Browserfenster)
The "black" water is almost mystic.
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