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The nature experience path "Kristakopf" is a way to show and explain interesting facts about complex connections, natural cycles and the development of plants and animals.
Nature should be understood as a common habitat for plants, animals and humans.
For this we must rethink and classify our role as human beings in this structure.
This is why this nature experience trail also explains the various requirements for use and their historical development.
In addition to imparting knowledge, visitors are encouraged to experience and feel nature and to actively work on specific questions. *cultural landscape* The regions of the Montafon have long since ceased to be primeval landscapes; they are man-made cultural landscapes that are used for tourist, agricultural and forestry purposes and yet have room for intact ecosystems. *variety of tree species* For the elaborate inlays of the Montafon table, wood species such as maple, walnut, elm, oak, pear, plum, bird cherry and ash have been used that have been indigenous for over 250 years.
The Montafon table is therefore regarded as a reflection of the diversity of domestic tree species.
Protection forest The most important function of the forest for a mountain valley such as the Montafon is to protect against avalanches, rockfalls and mudslides.
On 90% of the Montafon forest area, the protective function is paramount, which is taken into account in the management of these areas. * Montafon settlement history* Until the 16th century, the Montafon settlement areas were relatively remote - divorced and largely self-sufficient.
People lived with and from nature.
From the 17th century onwards, the inhabitants were offered seasonal work as wage earners, bricklayers, plasterers and Krauthoblers in Germany, France and Switzerland. *Glaciers formed the landscape* At the peak of the last ice age the Kristakopf was covered with a 1000 m thick ice shield.
The rocks carried along by the glacier grind down the rock surfaces.
Scratches and bruises can still be seen today on the glacier cut. Source: Website, Vorarlberger Illwerke AG equipment sturdy footwear