A legal study commissioned by the Greens locates deficiencies in the clearing notice for the controversial Asamer business settlement area in Ohlsdorf. In the decision of the Gmunden district authority, essential basics that would have made it possible to weigh up the interests of jobs versus forest conservation are missing, explains environmental provincial councilor Stefan Kaineder (Greens). “The decision is therefore illegal,” said Kaineder. According to the study, a nature conservation assessment should also have been carried out. Since no appeal was made against the clearing notice within four weeks, it applies anyway.
District Governor Alois Lanz, on the other hand, refers to the general forest development: “In Austria there are 4,000 hectares of forest growth every year, and for the clearing there was also a replacement afforestation of 28 hectares.”