Zillergrund Forest, Austria, is called “Zauberwald”—Zillergrund’s Magic Forest—by the locals. The green of the trees is incredibly rich, the ground is covered in soft moss, and huge boulders litter the landscape. It is where I had my first outdoor bouldering experience and fell in love with the sport. But Zillergrund is in danger.
A quarrying enterprise, Hollaus Bau, wants to expand its extraction area, and the much of Zillergrund Forest—the areas used by climbers, hikers and nature-lovers of all stripes—is currently at risk of closure as a result. If this comes to pass, the beautiful landscape will be swallowed up.
Shockingly, the boulders and the land in the forest are not the ultimate target of the quarrying firm; the rock they want to quarry is beyond the forest, but Zillergrund is on the way, so Hollaus Bau wants to build infrastructure through the forest. An alternative route to the quarry-able rock exists, but making a detour around Zillergrund would lead to additional expenses for the company.
It breaks my heart thinking that Zauberwald might be destroyed. But it’s not too late to make our voices heard and try to stop this from happening. We can save Zillergund. Sign the petition below to help put pressure on the local government.
At the time of this writing, 17,000 supporters have already signed the petition, among them famous climbers like Alex Puccio, Nalle Hukkataival and Jakob Schubert. The more signatures the petition gets, the better the chances to save this beautiful place!