Location: southwest of the Carlsfeld Valley Dam in Vogt County at the border of the Ore Mountain Region at approx. 930 m above sea level
SAC area: “Großer Kranichsee” –EU no. 5541-302 (domestic number: 016 E)
The Rostmoor is part of the “Großer Kranichsee” nature preserve. It belongs to Plot 673 (Forestry Department 139) of the Township of Sachsengrund, Muldenhammer Municipality/District Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz.
A richly structured spruce moor woodland with dwarf shrubs defines the visual landscape of the approx. 6 ha moor. Numerous ditches were used to drain it so it could be exploited for forestry.
On the east side of the peat bed, large amounts of peat have been removed in the past. As a result of the proportion covered with spruce and the numerous drainage ditches, the population of typical moor species such as sphagnum species, hair’s-tail cottongrass, crowberries, bog bilberries, cranberries has been disappearing.
The Rostmoor also provides habitat for pygmy owls, black storks, red deer, and black grouse.
Revitalization efforts are carried out on the basis of SAC management planning, which identified considerable deficits in the hydrological balance. Based on this, the LfULG hired the Hydroconsult planning company to perform a hydrological survey and ecotope prognosis for the entire SAC area.
The revitalization of the Rostmoore was inspired directly by measurements of the groundwater levels that had already been taken for the past five years and the chemical parameters for monitoring the amount of humic substances being released into the inlets to the Carlsfeld drinking water dam. Restoring the hydrological functionality of the Rostmoore is one of the objectives of the ecotope prognosis.
In coordination with the Landestalsperrenverwaltung (Reservoir Administration) and the Staatsbetrieb Sachenforst (Statutory Public Body for Forestry in Saxony), the plan is to build 10 dams in the first phase of construction to retain water. Additionally, we will also continue to monitor the groundwater levels and chemical parameters of the moor waters in collaboration with the LfULG. The decision to continue revitalization efforts will be made based on the results.