Ski Run Re-Vegetation: A Never-Ending Story of Trial and Error?
Pp. 155-183 (29)
Brigitte Klug, Gerhard Markart, Jürgen Meier, Bernhard Krautzer and Bernhard Kohl
The efforts in high-altitude restoration on ski runs have changed considerably
since the demands for sustainable erosion control arose in the 1970ies. In this study we
compare the success of restoration measures dating from the beginnings of high-altitude
restoration with that of modern techniques. Vegetation and ecological data suggest that
formerly used seed mixtures were less effective for re-vegetation of ski runs than modern
seed mixtures, which contain site-specific and regional plant species. The vegetative and
generative traits of the site-specific plant species proved to be important for erosion control.
Erosion control, high-altitude restoration, re-vegetation, seed mixture,
site-specific, ski runs, plant selection, growth forms, ecological restoration,
immigrating species, diaspore community, soil seed bank, spray irrigation
experiment, water runoff, non site specific plants.
BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences), 1180 Vienna, Austria