The Bödmerenwald has been well-known for years. It is the largest continuous area of woodland in the municipality of Muotathal and it is owned mainly by the Oberallmeind Cooperative Schwyz.
- The so far oldest notice of a large bear hunt in Muotathal is dated from 1735.
- In 1971 the ETH Zurich sealed a contract with the Oberallmeind Cooperative for the lease of 4.8 ha of Bödmerenwald for research purposes.
- In 1974 the idea of the “Bödmeren Nature Park” took shape in the tourism strategy of Muotathal.
- In 1978 the head of the Cantonal Forest Service Walter Kälin contacted the federal government with the request for a second “National Park” within the territory of Bödmerenwald.
- In 1982 preparations for a “Virgin Forest Reserve Bödmeren” were on the way.
- On 25 July 1984 the foundation “Forest Reserve Bödmeren” was formed and 70 ha of forest were protected. The donors were: the Swiss National Day Donation, Zurich, represented by Adolf Ehrsam, Küsnacht ZH and Kurt Roderer, Langnau am Albis; the Canton of Schwyz, represented by Walter Gisler, member of the governing council, Immensee, Walter Kälin, retired head of the Cantonal Forest Service, Rickenbach and Viktor Voser, head of the Cantonal Forest Service, Schindellegi; the municipality of Muotathal represented by Georges Schelbert, vice-mayor, Muothatal, the Oberallmeind Cooperative Schwyz, represented by Werner Schnüriger, president, Steinen und Othmar Betschart, recorder, Schwyz and the Schwyzer Kantonalbank, represented by Franz Beeler, director, Schwyz.
- In 2009 the Oberallmeind Cooperative extended the area of the forest reserve to 550 ha thanks to considerable funding from the Hauser foundation, Weggis.
Purpose of the foundation:
- Fulfillment of the 50 years leasing contract with the Oberallmeind Cooperative Schwyz (signed 25 July 1984)
1. Conservation of rare forest associations
2. Repeated forest inventories to allow the research of natural forest dynamics without human intervention
3. Conservation of the beautiful forest and landscape scenery.
- Additionally, the reserve Bödmeren will be used for scientific research by the ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Birmensdorf, as well as further research institutes.
The foundation council is composed of 10 to 15 members representing:
• Canton of Schwyz: two members
• Oberallmeind Cooperative: two members
• Municipality of Muothathal: one member
• Schwyzer Kantonalbank: one member
• ETH Zurich: one member
• WSL Birmensdorf: one member
Further members can be invited at will by the foundation council.
The foundation is supervised by the Canton of Schwyz. The foundation council is responsible for the upkeep of the foundation purpose and will form long-term strategies to do so. These also include better information of the public. Therefore the following measures have been taken:
- In 2006 the foundation council decided to issue leaflets about the virgin forest Bödmerenwald. Goal of this measure was to raise awareness for the uniqueness of the Bödmerenwald.
- In 2008 information panels were erected at Eigeliswald and at the top of Pragelpass
- In 2009 the brochure “Bödmere üse Wald” (Bödmeren our forest) was published.
- In 2010 the Oberallmeind Cooperative laid out a new concept containing the following priorities:
o Enhanced public relation activities
o Visitor management for the Bödmerenwald
o Cooperative projects
Currently the foundation council is composed by:
- Walter Gwerder, president, Marktstrasse 57, 6436 Muotathal
- Theo Weber, Head of the Office for Forest and Natural Hazards, Bahnhofstrasse 9, 6430 Schwyz
- Markus Gwerder, cashier and vice president, Gewerbestrasse 2, 6443 Morschach
- Kurt Sturzenegger, actuary, forester
- Maria Christen, mayor, Gängstrasse 7, 6436 Muotathal
- Dr. Felix Lüscher, forest divisional director of the Oberallmeind Cooperative Schwyz, Brüöl 2, Postfach 449, 6431 Schwyz
- Josef Märchy, forest president of the Oberallmeind Cooperative Schwyz, Rickenbachstrasse 196430 Schwyz
- Prof. Dr. Harald Bugmann, representative of ETH Zurich, Universitätsstrasse 16, 8092 Zurich
- Dr. Peter Brang, representative of WSL, Zürcherstrasse 111, 8903 Birmensdorf
- Beat Fuchs, Kreisförster Forstkreis 2
Bank connection: IBAN CH92 0077 7001 4064 6101 5.
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