Forestry Forest damage has worsened dramatically

Forestry Forest damage has worsened dramatically

Forestry Forest damage has worsened dramatically

According to a newspaper report, the damage in the German forest has worsened drastically. In many federal states, the amount of damaged wood has risen rapidly, reported the “Rheinische Post”, referring to a response from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to the Greens. In the two years 2018 and 2019, the damaged wood adds up to around 105 million cubic meters.

In Brandenburg, 400,000 cubic meters of damaged wood were generated last year and almost seven million so far in 2019, the newspaper wrote. North Rhine-Westphalia recorded an increase from 4.5 to 14.5 million cubic meters.

In Bavaria it was reportedly 9.8 million cubic meters after 4.6 million last year. The last figure for Hesse was 7.5 million (2018: 3.9) and for Rhineland-Palatinate 2.5 million (2018: 1.0).

Forestry will earn a good four billion euros less in the next few years, the newspaper quoted the Green politician Oliver Krischer as saying. The deputy chairman of the parliamentary group of the Greens warned against reforesting with public funding “for the devil”. In many places it would be better to leave nature up to which tree species settle. “It is quite possible that our forests will look more like Italian or Greek forests in the future because we will get their current climate,” Krischer told the newspaper.