The name 'Goricko' describes the hills formed long ago on the bottom of the Pannonian Sea. The Jennersdorf burial mounds witness human settling since prehistoric times. Later Romans and Slavs settled here. From the 12th century to 1919 the region belonged to Hungary. Hungarian feudal lords settled their land with Slovene, Austrian and Hungarian settlers, who became farm labourers in the second part of the 19th century.
Last century’s progress passed this landscape without too much impacts: Inspite of two land reforms in 1919 and 1945 you still find a mosaic of small fields, orchards, vine-yards, meadows and streams housing many animals like the Common Scops Owl or the Otter. Main aims of the trinational nature park are to preserve the traditional cultural landscape, partially threatened by abandonment, and to inform about manifold nature and turbulent history. Several topical trails, excursions and events for tourists and pupils offer different ways of access to the region.
The Iron Curtain parts of the river system Mura-Drava were protected from grave implementations. While Drava river in Austria above Slovenian border is already disturbed by ten hydroelectric power plants, Mura and Drava river along the borders of Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia are the longest section without bigger barrages and power plants. Natural floodplains with old alluvial forests could survive. In Austria 55 from 63 Austrian fish species can be found in 'Mura border river'. But now Slovenia's plans to construct 12 hydroelectric power plants along the river Mura might destroy the ecosystem. Nature conservationists from Slovenia, Austria, Hungary and Croatia oppose these plans. They favour a multinational national park or biosphere reserve to protect the valuable river corridor.
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