Location: southwest of Hammerbrücke in Vogt County at approx. 685 m above sea level, directly on the Zwickauer Mulde
SAC area: “Upper Zwickauer Mulde Valley” - EU registration no.: 5540-302 (domestic number: 072E)
Currently, the “Tuchermoor” covers 4.80 ha and is not protected as a nature preserve. The center (approx. 1.3 ha) of the moor is dominated by scattered young and some ancient mountain pines (based on age determinations made using a resistograph, there are trees as old as 220 years, with some individuals having grown to over 15 m in height) that are nonetheless very vulnerable to drainage and the presence of European spruce beetles (Dentroctonus micans). The deepest peat layer has been measured at 4.30 m. It is surrounded by spruces of all ages where it transitions to spruce moor woodlands and mountain spruce woodlands. In addition to dwarf shrubs (blueberries, bog bilberries, cranberries, European cranberries, and crowberries), various sphagnum species characterize the area. Peat was removed in the central areas and area near the moor in the northern part of the basin. This area is now increasingly marshy with hair’s-tail cottongrass (Eriphorum vaginatum) - the best indicator for recent peat growth. Implementation of measures: The preliminary study for the major regional project “Ore Mountain Moors” forms the foundation for revitalization measures in the “Tuchermoor” moor area. As part of this study, 8 plank dams were installed in 6 ditches in 2007. The dams were also lined with geotextile and then fully covered with layers of peat. The environmental protection authorities and land owner Tucher’sche Stiftung (Tucher Association) approved the implementation of measures beforehand. We received financial support for the project from funds of the “Natürliches Erbe (Natural Heritage)” directive.