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The foundation forest «Forest Creates Future»

The foundation forest in the German state of Brandenburg is managed as a sustainably managed forest enterprise. It carries the label PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes). The annual operating income is fully available to the Foundation. This also applies to income from the  game management as well as the leased arable and grassland areas. The forest located between the cities Kyritz and Wittstock consists to a large extent of pine forest.

 

The forest conversion, which has been in operation for twenty years, is already showing initial changes. The forest area is enriched with deciduous trees year after year. The sandy soil and the low rainfall do not provide good conditions for the growth of native deciduous trees. In addition, one fears a further escalation of the situation by changes in the climate. The foundation forest itself could benefit from one of the foundation's purposes. Adapting our domestic agriculture and forestry to global climate change is becoming increasingly important and is increasingly becoming an existential interest in many places.

The foundation forest is located in a beautiful environment rich in nature. Brandenburg is criss-crossed by arable land, forest areas and lake landscapes. An ideal recreation area for peace seekers. The amazingly high biodiversity of flora and fauna is indicative of the region and absolutely worth protecting.

The increasing drought and rising temperatures as a result of the noticeable climate change weaken the forest trees. The consequences are diseases and pest infestation.

An increasing problem is windstorm damage. The frequency and severity of storm events have increased. This leads to break wood, uprooted trees and high clean-up costs. The consequences of such catastrophes are an oversupply of windfall, this reduces the prices. This significantly reduces the operating income of the affected forest owners.

 

 

Windfall or other calamities cause clear blows. Here arise new forest cultures through natural rejuvenation by seed flight still existing surrounding old trees.

 

Flora and Fauna

An alternating mix of fields, meadows, water and forest areas gives the foundation forest a rich flora and fauna. This is a wonderful gift of nature that needs to be preserved. Nevertheless, the decline in biodiversity is omnipresent.

 

The purpose of the foundation "Environmental Protection" should be implemented in concrete terms in the foundation forest. In agreement with local agriculture, targeted programs such as organic farming, extensive grassland management or field marginal strip crops with bloomer blends can be implemented here.

Hunting becomes an important role in the foundation forest. Red deer, roe deer and wild boar are at home here and find a "laid table". The good fundamentals of varied forest stands and crops will cause high propagation rates.

 

This means damage to agricultural crops as well as barking and peeling damage in the foundation forest. Here, game and forest must be brought into harmony through targeted, but gentle and, as it were, welfare-friendly hunting.

 

Proceeds from the sale of venison and the awarding of hunting opportunities also accrue to the Foundation.

forestry practice

The annual logging gives the Foundation important income. Each felled tree was previously selected for sustainable and good forestry practice. The transformation of pure monocultures into mixed forest stands, whose self-healing powers are strengthened by healthy forest soil and well-planned forestry crops, is one of the primary tasks of the foundation forest.

The gradual transformation of the pine forest happens mainly through the targeted replanting of deciduous trees or Douglas firs. Older, already loosened pine stands provide protection against late frosts and provide enough light for the new tree generation.