Like his father, Prince Franz Josef I, Alois (born 1759, died 1805) performed military service for a short time and soon withdrew from the army for health reasons.
His interests lay in other domains: as an expert in forestry, he planted various kinds of trees on his manors, whose seeds being brought by his commissioners even from America.
He supported the ore reduction on his possessions
in Moravia and constructed modern ironworks near Olmütz. He also dealt
intensively with scientific problems.