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Steirische Eisenwurzen

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Our story

With a population of 6100 and an area of 586 km², the Styrian Eisenwurzen Nature & Geopark was founded by 7 Styrian municipalities in 1996. The Eisenwurzen Nature Park is shaped by a diverse natural and cultural landscape. Beautiful forests, wide meadow orchards, romantic alpine pastures and breath-taking river valleys are surrounded by the mountain peaks of the Gesäuse and Hochschwab mountains. In the 15th and 16th century, when Eisenwurzen was in its prime, hammer mill owners, charcoal burners and raftsmen shaped the region with ore being extracted from the Styrian Erzberg mine and then manufactured into high-quality products in the Eisenwurzen (“iron roots”).

Our tasks and goals

A Nature Park is a protected landscape that owes its existence to the interaction of man and nature. Our objectives enshrined in the Nature Park regulations are as follows: preservation, education, recreation and regional development. A benefit for the landscape, nature and regional population can only be achieved if we focus on all four features. A well-coordinated Nature Park team has dedicated itself to the cause of making the Nature Park accessible to the public in all its diversity and disparity.

Our team

  • Andreas Danner
    Andreas Danner CEO
    “We, the Nature Park staff, would like to be by your side during your stay in our natural areas and guide you through biodiversity and geological time zones.”
    andreas.danner@eisenwurzen.com
    • Oliver Gulas MSc
      Oliver Gulas MSc
      “Our region is full of hidden natural and cultural gems. I would like to make my own contribution to preserving them for the future.”
      Oliver has been our project manager since 2015. He studied mountain and climate geography at Karl-Franzens-University Graz. Among other things, he is responsible for Geopark matters. o.gulas@eisenwurzen.com
      • DI Eva Maria Vorwagner
        DI Eva Maria Vorwagner
        “The existence of Nature Parks ensures healthy livelihoods for plants, animals and humans through sustainable forms of protection, maintenance and use; it is nice to be a part of the process.”
        Eva Maria studied Forestry at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. She has been our biodiversity expert since August 2016. In addition, she is responsible for issues revolving around the Nature Park Schools. em.vorwagner@eisenwurzen.com
        • Elisabeth Riegelthaler
          Elisabeth Riegelthaler
          “Making the Nature Park and the value of unspoilt nature visible and tangible is a matter of great importance to me.”
          Elisabeth has been responsible for accounting, school trips and the Gesäuse partners since 2014. e.riegelthaler@eisenwurzen.com
          • Andrea Matousch
            Andrea Matousch
            “Those who find their way to nature also find their way to themselves.”
            Andrea has been working in the Nature Park office since 2016. She is responsible for coordinating school trips and managing the office. a.matousch@eisenwurzen.com