On behalf of the water district, two full-grown plane trees were felled on the banks of the Vöckla near the Kolpingsteg. Vöcklabruck’s environmental councilor Sonja Pickhardt-Kröpfel (Greens) criticizes the measure. The mobile operator Magenta called for the clearing because the reception was bad, she explains. “Once again, trees are being treated insensitively in Vöcklabruck,” says Pickhardt-Kröpfel. These are valuable shade providers and ecological islands. “Replacement plantings take decades to perform the same function.”
Wilhelm Laimer, head of the water district, rejects this representation. “Magenta warned us that falling branches could damage the transmitter,” he says. “There could also be transmission failures, but that’s just a side issue. The public sector would definitely be liable, so we had to react. Also because there are hiking trails there.”
Laimer also points out that the felling was carried out in consultation with the state’s nature conservation department and the municipality of Vöcklabruck. Ten young trees would be planted to replace the two plane trees.