Capercaillie in the Vosges Mountains. Joint Report

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The views from the top were spectacular, from the steep cliffs and scree used by chamois, to the wooded valleys heading off in all directions, to the distant high peaks of the German and Swiss Alps.


Capercaillie in Vosges. Joint Report The exchange was hosted by Arnaud Hurstel of Groupe Tetras Vosges (GTV) in France. The purpose of the trip was to look at the status of the capercaillie population in the Vosges Mountains and the LIFE project “Forests for Capercaillie in the Vosges”. We visited several capercaillie sites, including Special Protection Areas (Natura 2000) and National Nature Reserves for capercaillie, as well as state and private forests within the Vosges. During these site visits we met many people that were actively involved in capercaillie conservation. The main topics that were discussed were conservation and management measures for capercaillie with regard to forest biodiversity, timber production, recreational activities, tourism and hunting.
This report gives a daily account from the participants of each day’s discussions.

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