Forest Reproductive Material
The Act and the Regulation covering the marketing of Forest Reproductive Material in Austria came into force on 1 January 2003; it is based on the European Directive 1999/105/EC and is known as “Forstliches Vermehrungsgutgesetz 2003" [Act of Forest Reproductive Material] and the "Forstliche Vermehrungsgutverordnung" [Regulation of Forest Reproductive Material].
Only 3 categories of Forest Reproductive Material are used in Austria:
Austrian Regions of Provenance
Austria has a single regional division, valid for all tree species. The delimitation of the regions depends primarly on the natural distribution of the main species, special consideration being given to forest climatological differences. Thus, the different areas identified are largely to be considered as areas with identical ecological conditions. The present division recognises 22 regions of provenance. Ecologically similar regions of provenance are concentrated in 9 forest regions coloured differently on the map.
The map of the Austrian regions of provenance is given below (a full size pdf version can be viewed by clicking on the map).
Therefore within each region of provenance there are altitudinal zones which may be different in their “metres above sea level” between regions. For example the “medium montane” altitudinal zone varies in region 1.3 from 1100-1400m but in regions 4.1 and 4.2 the zone varies from 800 – 1200m and in region 6.2 from 1000 –1100m. For planting the same tree species in different areas and from different regions of provenance it is very important to use the altitudinal zones and not the height above sea level.
A diagramatic representation of the altitude zones and the actual elevation limits for each type can be seen by clicking on the icons below.
Seed stands (category "selected")
Seed orchards (category "qualified")
Poplar clones (category "qualified")
Tree species abbreviations
On all documents the abbreviations in the following table are used in the national register references. The different categories of material available for each species are also shown.
Tree species abbreviations
Register reference of Forest Reproductive Material
On each invoice and delivery note, whichever is acting as the Supplier’s document there is a number code which identifies the exact location of the seed stand, seed orchard or stool-bed from which the seed or other Forest Reproductive Material was collected or taken. This code is the reference which appears in the National Register of Basic Material held by the Federal Forest Office. These references vary according to the category of the material registered; examples of the four types are given below:
The Master Certificate is issued by the District Forest Authority after harvest and consists of 4 pages:
Master certificate number
Technical terms of Forest Reproductive Material
Information on invoices and delivery notes from Member States are often difficult to interpret. The list of vocabulary containing the most important technical terms in 16 different languages will make it much more easier to understand the relevant terminology of Forest Reproductive Material.
Thanks to the BLE in Germany for providing this vocabulary list.
Download Technical terms (Excel) (Remark: no password, so you can open the list and skip some columns, where appropriate)
Contact persons for Forest Reproductive Material
Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW)
Austria, 1131 Vienna, Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8 | Tel.: +43 1 878 38-0
Autor: Wurzer C., Strohschneider I.