Sepp Hackhofer - Larch-meadow in snow


Larchmeadows are a form of man made or so called “cultural landscape”. Early Farmers learned that underneath the European Larch (Larix decidua) grass would grow, as under these trees a lot of light can reach the ground. That´s why Larch sometimes is also called a “Light-tree”. Spruce, Pines and other trees were eliminated. This way Farmers could use the land in different ways; as a timberforest, as meadows where they could mow the grass and also as a pasture, especially in autumn. The ban for further forest-clearing in the middleages was this way also avoided. Today these rare form of landscape is a remaining relict of former times and can give habitat to many birds, insects and other animals, if kept well. It doesnt really fit into modern forms of agriculture as it is not easy to work with machines, but it seems a place with a wonderful atmosphere, especially on a springday with fresh snow, reason enough to be supported.

Location: Innichen, Gweng-Wiesen, Innerfeld, Drei Zinnen - Nature Park, Dolomites, Italy

Tags: forest, Larch (Larix decidua), Larch-Meadows, Sepp Hackhofer, snow, spring

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