It was in the forests of Germany that sustainable thinking began 300 years ago. For generations, the foresters have taken care of the forest with future generations in mind, thus serving as a constant inspiration.
The forest provides us with long walks, great experiences and soothing ambiences. It is a piece of landscape that brings food and shelter to a great variety of wildlife among the stands and the rich vegetation. And when it comes to the Black Forest in the southern part of Germany, it is also an important and inspiring place in terms of sustainability.
Majestic Douglas firs and a great diversity of other wood species are growing to great heights alongside the mighty river Donau with its unique ecosystem. This is where some of the world´s finest foresters have been putting their methods up to task for hundreds of years, applying biodiversity in their everyday calculations.
Biodiversity is the way of smart foresting, contributing with both money and jobs for local workers. In Germany, they have been very far ahead in biologically smart foresting for 300 years, aiming to secure the growth and future value of the forest.
Hans Carl von Carlowitz identified a major problem regarding the wood shortage during the early 17th century. Understanding that the contemporary way of deforestation was not a durable option, he came up with the concept of sustainable management. Following in the footsteps of this German pioneer, biodiversity and sustainability is today a global matter.
Sustainable foresting involves a constant strive towards preservation of natural assets and maintenance of the ecological balance. In this way, the forest remains a valuable asset with economic, social and cultural benefits.
An important element of sustainable forestry is cutting down one tree at a time, thus giving the trees a chance to grow strong and live out their total capacity, before they are felled and ready to serve new purposes.