The sycamore pastures are old, men made cultural landscapes. Hundreds of years those landscape shaping ecosystems have been farmed traditionally. In addition to the grassland also the trees have been used in various ways by men and animals. The pastures are mainly found in the northern Alps, where the tree finds optimal living conditions thanks to the cool-humid climate. Through the land use changes in agriculture (intensification on the one hand, and abandonment and forestation on the other) they are getting, however, increasingly rare.