17.800 hectare forests, large number of districts, two forestry commissions
The forestry commissions Admont and Trieben are responsible for the estates of the Admont monastery with 17.800 hectare forests. In the districts the valuable ressource wood is operated sustainable. There is an own garage for the maintenance of equipment.
Forestry Commission Admont
Admont owns commercial forest land in the northern interalpine region that stretches to the east as far as Gesäuse National Park and to the north to the borders of Upper Austria. The land is at elevations of 650 m above sea level in valley areas and of up to 2200 m above sea level on the Haller Mauern mountain chain. The terrain is mainly precipitous and thus inaccessible to vehicles. Here the bedrock alternates between carbonate minerals (chalk and dolomite) and silicates (slate). The Limestone Alps, in the shape of the Haller Mauern and the Admont Kalbling, provide an imposing backdrop to the scene. Because of the geology, the climate and the elevation, the natural forest ecosystem consists of spruce, pines and larch. Sustainable logging here generates some 40,000 m3 of timber annually. The hunting and fishing rights in the area are leased out.
Forestry Commission Trieben
The sites managed by the Trieben forestry business on behalf of Admont Benedictine Abbey are distributed in various separate parcels of land in Paltental, the Trieben Tauern Pass and Pölstal, and further into the upper Lavent valley to the border of Styria with Carinthia. The commercially exploited area stretches over more than 33,000 acres at elevations of from 700 m to 2450 m above sea level and is located in the districts of Trieben, Rottenmann, Gaishorn, Hohentauen, Pölstal and Obdach. The bedrock in Paltental is graphite and phyllitic slate of the greywacke zone, in the Seckau and Rottenmann Tauern regions it is quartzite slate and gneiss and the Seetal Alps mica and gneiss slate. The geology and the location in the interalpine spruce-pine forest region mean that the trees here are mainly the naturally occurring spruce, pine and larch. In the more elevated areas on the Rottenmann and Seckau Tauern and the Seetal Alps, Arolla pines are found in greater numbers. The sustainable management of the commercially exploitable forest yields some 45,000 m3 of timber every year. In addition, the Abbey's land holdings here generate income from hunting; cultivatable areas and grazing land are leased to local farmers while the Abbey also owns the fishing rights for the watercourses and lakes.