The Demonstration Forest (950 ha) was set up in 1972 by agreement between the Federal Forest of Austria and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna. However, the University conductes research in this area since 1875, at which time considerable documentation and a forest description and planning strategy was elaborated. The forest is located on the western slopes of the Rosalien Mountais in the southeastern part of Lower Austria (LAT 47°42’N, LON 16°17’ E). The elevation rangess between 300 and 720 m a.s.l, with a mean annual temperature of 6.5 °C and 800 mm of annual precipitation. The forest is mainly composed of beech communities (Fagetums) and spruce-fir-beech forest communities (Abieti-Fagetum). The key task of the Forest Demonstration Centre is to support the educational and research work of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. Accordingly, accommodation, work and teaching facilities are provided at the site.
The research focus lies within the following areas:
Essential research and educational infrastructure comprise: