This site comprises four mountain ranges. The Reichramiger Hintergebirge is dominated by near-natural conifer, mixed, and broadleaved forest. The Sengsengebirge also has areas of mixed and conifer forest and extensive areas of treeline ecotone habitat. On the Haller Mauern, forest cover is less extensive. The Totes Gebirge is a largely unvegetated, high-altitude karst plateau, bordered by alpine pastures and montane and subalpine forest.
The IBA is important for species of montane and subalpine forests, rocky areas and cliffs.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Intensive forestry is the major threat to the areas outside the National Park. Non-intensively managed alpine pastures are threatened by land abandonment. In the planning stage of the National Park several projects were carried out on the bird communities at different altitudes and in different habitats
National Partial International Partial12,845 ha covered by Nature Reserves (Loser-Bräuning-Zinken, 1,750 ha; Grundlsee mit Teilen des Toten Gebirges, 9,700 ha; Teile des Toten Gebirges, 1,395 ha). 16,509 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Kalkalpen, 16,509 ha).21,442 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Kalkalpen, 21,442 ha). 23,346 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Areas (Totes Gebirge Ost and West, 23,346 ha).
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