Wood is more than just a commodity

Wood is more than just a commodity

300 years ago, during the baroque period, hans carl von carlowitz pragmatized the concept of sustainability. How inflationary the term is used in today's time, hermann hacker of the "amt fur ernahrung, landwirtschaft und forsten coburg" pointed out tuesday evening at the town hall. In his status report, he disclosed forestry results and figures, showing the management and condition of the municipal forest.

Sustainable forestry means that only as much wood may be cut as will grow back each year. The cut rate, i.E. The amount of wood felled each year in the 300-hectare city forest, is 1020 solid cubic meters. Of this, about 80 percent was used as timber and 20 percent as fuel. Since wood, unlike gas and oil, is a rather inexpensive fuel, the demand from the people of staffelstein is correspondingly high.

Firewood is not enough for everyone
Forester hermann hacker explained that year after year, there were simply too many applications from self-advertisers. On the one hand, the stocks in the city forest are limited, and on the other hand, the amount of wood to be used each year could not cover the many requests for firewood: "there is simply not enough wood for this."

Per year, the city forest records a timber growth of 5.8 solid cubic meters. Considering the relatively poor performance of the staffelsteiner wald, this was a satisfactory result. Since the municipal property was once divided up among the villages, the sites are "leftovers from the city". The locations are partly dry and not optimal for the vegetation. But a greater difficulty was the splitting of the forest plot.

Long term not to be managed
"In the long run, the city forest cannot be managed this way", made clear by hermann hacker. He pointed out that he would be resigning in three years; the demarcations of the many different plots with hundreds of different plot numbers were well known to him, but could become problematic for the following ones. Finally hacker pleaded for a rounding up of the many distributed plots of land.

During his lecture, hacker revealed, among other things, the development of tree species in the ratio of coniferous to deciduous woods. Since 1987, the hardwood stock has been improved to 70 percent, which is a welcome development.

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