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Press release

Rosenheim, September 24, 2009

Logo Landratsamt Rosenheim

Opening of the peat station Nicklheim is planned for October 2010
A green classroom and an over 14 meter tall watchtower to be built
The LIFE Nature Project "Rosenheimer Stammbeckenmoore" was the current issue this afternoon (9/23/9) at the meeting of the commission for ecological affairs, agriculture, land development and nature preservation. The commission members were informed at the scene of the peat experience station Sterntaler Filze and also the planned peat station in Nicklheim.
The information station "Moorerlebnis Sterntaler Filze“ was occupied during the visit of the commission by many seniors, to a great extent, accompanied by their grandchildren. Chief executive Josef Neiderhell was happy to see the positive public acceptance of the local recreation park and stated his pleasure.
At the beginning of June, the information center was officially opened. On the round 1.5 hectare large area, adults experience along with children and youth, why, for example, the water in the raised bogs are redammed again. In the past, peat was exploited, a very tedious job, which eldery remember. In order to explain nature in a manner adapted for children, an illustrated "peat-fairy" takes the smallest kids through the kingdom. Amongst attractions are a bird watching station, a peat observation hill, water filled peat trenches and also a 650 meter long boardwalk, that also permits good access of wheelchairs to the stations in the bog area. According to project manager Ralf Strohwasser, the information station is 99 percent completed.
The difference to the future peat station Nicklheim, is that the work there has not yet begun. In cooperation with the Raublinger INTERREG-Project "Moorallianz in den Alpen" an ecological learning center for bogs will be erected, which should be completed by October 2010, acccording to chief executive Neiderhell. Components are a watchtower, at least 14 meter tall, an educational nature trail, the old peat worker hut and, above all, the "green classroom" planned by INTERREG. The peat station guides around the bog area, preserving the old knowledge of industial and manual peat labor. A good matching trait will be a 1.4 kilometer railway connection with it's small steam train traveling between Nicklheim and the station, maintained by the club "Fuizlerverein".
The LIFE Nature project is financed by the " Umwelt-, Kultur- und Sozialstiftung" of the County of Rosenheim, the Town of Raubling and the "Staatsministerium für Gesundheit, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz". On the almost 1.9 million euro budget, the European Union participates on half of the costs, the "Bayerische Naturschutzfonds" 10 percent and " Freistaat Bayern" with one percent.
The moon landscape is the remains of the Rosenheimer Lake during the post-glacial period, after which it literally ran out about 12,000 years ago, first causing swamps of which the dying vegetation gradually turned into an up to eight meters in height raised bog.
Around 1800, man began digging trenches to drain and mine the bogs. The peat was utilized, for example, for Rosenheimer salt and later for breweries as an energy carrier. After the end of the exploitation in 2005 in the Kollerfilze, only a minimum bare amount of peat mining remains used for bathing and health treatments in Bad Feilnbach and Bad Aibling. The LIFE Nature Project "Rosenheimer Stammbeckenmoore" began in 2005 and will end in October 2010. The main goal of the project is the renaturalization of dried and exploited bog regions. The rewetting measures help climate protection, because carbon dioxide is bound into new composed peat. The raised bogs also hold back heavy rain and thus protect against floods. Also new habitats arise for animal and plant species, that became scarce, and the area around Nicklheim is protected from otherwise uncontrollable peat fires.
Modell der Moorstation Nicklheim (Bild klicken für großes Bild im eigenen Browserfenster)
Manager of LIFE Nature Project Ralf Strohwasser with a model of the bog station in Nicklheim, showing the watchtower and "green classroom".
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Umweltausschuss Sterntaler Filze (Bild klicken für großes Bild im eigenen Browserfenster)
Manager of LIFE Nature Project Ralf Strohwasser in front of the commission, chief executive Neiderhell in the middle.
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