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Nature-oriented forestry in the municipal forest of Lübeck, DE

Rural topic(s): Sustainable forestry

Type: Success story

Date of writing: March 25, 2020

Summary:

A municipal forestry company, which has become famous for the nature oriented forest management, practised since 1994.

Text:

The basic idea is the extensive adaptation of management to natural processes and the minimization of disturbing interventions.

© Lutz Fähser : Impressions of a nature-oriented managed forest

The management concept of the forest was put into practice from 1994 onwards. The areas met the criteria of the Naturland and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), even before these certifications existed.

The forestry process protection concept means that the forest is managed in such a way that natural processes in the forests are largely permitted or are used in accordance with the economic objectives (e.g. natural seeding, selection through natural competition).

Three guiding principles determine the Lübeck concept:

  • The commercial forests should develop into the low-risk and productive form of the natural forest society (closeness to nature)

  • The performance requirements for the forest must not exceed the natural capacity (ecological yield level)

  • The economic use is based on the principle of minimal intervention and the principle of caution (minimization)

This concept is sensational, particularly because the type of management with reduced use of man and machine allows a higher economic value added to be achieved than with conventional forest management practices.

Notes:

Lutz Fähser, contact made at the occasion of the Toblacher Gespräche, 27.-30.9.2019

Contact:

Lutz Fähser

Informations:

Scale of intervention : Local

Keywords: conservation and management of natural resources, sustainable woodland, ecosystem friendly methods

Places: Germany

Actors: municipality, practionners / managers