In August 2020, the foundation forest was enlarged and rounded off by a further donation of forest areas in the size of 91.2 hectares. This means that the foundation has grown considerably in terms of area and profitability. That's the good news! Unfortunately, the effects of climate change (drought, storms and subsequent bark beetle infestation on the weakened trees) are becoming increasingly evident. As a result, the foundation's board of directors has decided to transfer the foundation forest from the age-group forest to a natural, permanent forest-like mixed forest. We want to move away from wood plantations and towards a stable, mixed forest of different ages.
We have had external forest experts draw up a concept with which we can achieve our goal in the next few years. With the forest conversion, we are simultaneously pursuing the foundation's purpose of promoting environmental protection. The following measures will be incorporated into our forest conversion project:
Around 30,000 deciduous trees will be planted in the foundation forest in autumn 2020. We will respond to the changing climatic conditions with sycamore, sessile oak, hornbeam, red beech, winter linden, locust, red oak and sweet chestnut. But it is also about the preservation and protection of the already existing near-natural forest areas. A beautiful example of near-natural forest can be found in a section of forest in the foundation forest that has been untouched for many years. The area is criss-crossed by a wide variety of conifer and deciduous tree species. Birds, predators and rodents, but also amphibians, lizards and a multitude of insects that are seldom found in the pine forest find their habitat here.
In the future, we will regularly report on silvicultural and environmental protection measures to increase the biodiversity of flora and fauna.
More and more trees and whole forest areas are dying off in Germany. Everywhere a dead wood areas. That were previously unknown. The forest image is terrifying as a result of storms, droughts and high temperatures and climate change. The trees are sick and no longer resistant. Storms and subsequent bark beetle infestations have contributed to this disaster.
In the foundation forest it does not look different. The only slightly existing spruce stands are affected by the bark beetle and must be removed quickly. The pine as our "bread tree" suffers as well as beech and oak under the drought. More and more trees are dying.
Our forest is not the only factor to stabilize the climate. But he contributes to it. As a moisture storage and -donor, wind blocker and CO2 converter, one of the most important livelihoods for all of us. Therefore, our forests must be reforested as soon as possible. In addition, arable land should be reforested with healthy mixed forest, and arable land should be breached by hedges and flower strips. That´s what our foundation has to do within the next years.
We hope that the national catastrophe "Forest Dying" can be effectively counteracted. In the meantime, irreversible damage has been detected.
The forest owners should be helped by funding to quickly repair the damage incurred and to re-establish healthy mixed stocks. The forest must be preserved with its many functions for man, nature and the environment. Exactly what we should do is perceive and act decisively and effectively!
Forest creates future will adapt its foundation forest as well as possible to future climatic changes. It is a multi-generational task for which we already have to provide and secure financing and guidance today. This will be the primary task of the next few years. As soon as the first project plans and actions are available, we will report on this.