Nationalparks Austria NPA
Eintrag Nr. 40558
Winter visitors' acceptance of the visitor management concept of the Gesäuse National Park
Besucherlenkung und Besuchermonitoring im Nationalpark
Fachbereich Naturschutz und Naturraum
Sterl, Petra; Eder, Renate; Allex, Brigitte; Arnberger, Arne
Bibliothek Verwaltung SN HT 014
One main challenge of protected area management is to combine nature protection and the Provision of recreational opportunities for area visitors. In the Gesaeuse National Park in Styria/ Austria, one valley is very renowned for alpine ski touring, and the number of ski mountaineers is increasing year by year. Some of the alpine ski routes overlap with good habitats for grouse. Following the foundation of the National Park in 2002, a winter visitor management concept was developed for this area. Based on a habitat mapping of black grouse and capercaillie, two routes for alpine ski touring were relocated in coordination with local stakeholders. Focusing on positive visitor management measures, information, signposting and on-site rangers were used for implementing the concept. To evaluate the winter visitor management concept, mail-back questionnaires were distributed among alpine skiers. Results of the survey show that the management concept is known by 41% of the respondents and more than 70% of them see it as a useful management strategy. The acceptance of the visitor management concept is higher if visitors do not come from the National Park region.