The Hohen Tauern include the highest mountains in Austria. Between 1,300-1,700 m Picea forests, with some Pinus and Abies, dominates. Above 1,700 m, Pinus cembra and Larix occur, but the forests are greatly altered and reduced in size by human use and the creation of pastures. The treeline has been lowered by human activity and extensive areas of treeline dwarf-shrub communities exist. Above the treeline are artificial pastures, alpine grasslands and extensive glaciers.
An important site for alpine grassland and subalpine forest species.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Forestry, grazing, hunting and angling are allowed without restriction outside the core area of the National Park (1,120 km2Tourism is promoted inside the park although it is free of the infrastructure for winter sports. Strict reserves, without human use, encompass 69 km2
National High International Partial37,263 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Hohe Tauern (Kärnten), 37,263 ha)80,514 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Hohe Tauern (Salzburg), 80,514 ha). 60,996 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Hohe Tauern (Tirol, 60,996 ha). 80,514 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Hohe Tauern, 80,514 ha). 61,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Hohe Tauern, Tirol, 61,000 ha).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hohe Tauern National Park. Downloaded from
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