The Murau district consists of 34 communities. Five smaller member regions of the so-called Timber World Murau (Holzwelt Murau) also represent the key topic of timber within regional and economic developments.

With a population of just under30,000, the Murau district is suffering from population losses despite its positive birth rate. Murau is situated in an alpine region, which is bordered by the Lower Tauern and Gurk Valley mountain ranges as well as the Mur Valley. Its immediate neighbors are the provinces of Carinthia and Salzburg (Lungau Region).

The people of Murau live in a world caught between tradition and modernity, which encompasses a whole range of customs and productive innovations. Contemporary activities have often developed from traditions, generating an exhilarating environment by staging counter-positions.

Rural life is dominated by outdoor work in a natural environment. It is a life in harmony with Nature. The seasonal cycle is determined by planting and sowing, growth and harvest time. However, farming in the Murau district does not mean agriculture in a merely narrow sense, there are also strong ties to tourism, trade and commerce.

For centuries, timber has been a driving factor in the region, not only contributing to the livelihood of its inhabitants, but in that it has become the essence of regional identity. With the establishment of the Timber Museum in St. Ruprecht, the development of the so-called "Styrian Timber Route" and the provincial exhibition "Timber Time" in 1995, the phenomenon ‘Timber Route‘ has acquired various new facets and gained access to additional spheres.

Timber as a connective theme and fundamental force between development flows has found a formidable platform in and around Murau and will thus help to exploit strong regional assets and resources in the future.

Quoted from the first draft of the REGIONALE12 application.
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