Nature conservation

Nature conservation

Current research results on long term biodiversity protection and the sustainable performance of the ecosystem within the forest are presented here. Reliable techniques for monitoring the ecosystem are indispensible in order to be able to evaluate the success of measures taken.

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Insect decline is more extensive than suspected

Compared to a decade ago, today the number of insect species on many areas has decreased by about one third. The loss of species mainly affects grasslands in the vicinity of intensively farmed land – but also applies to forests and protected areas.

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Income loss and work safety of the Habitat Tree Groups

Since 2010 habitat trees, habitat tree groups (HBG) and small-scale forest reserves have been designated and protected in the Baden-Württemberg state forest, as part of the Habitat Tree and Deadwood Concept (AuT). In order to increase the work safety HBGs are bundled.

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The European Wildcat in the Upper Rhine Valley and region Kaiserstuhl

Since 1912, the European Wildcat was considered to be extinct in Baden-Württemberg for almost a century. Then two carcasses were found in the Upper Rhine Valley and genetically identified as pure wildcats. Ever since, continuous evidence of its occurrence has been found.

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Multifunctional mire protection in the forest

For more than 200 years, mires were systematically and intensively exploited by mankind. Today we know that mire protection is also good for climate protection. This has given new momentum to the renaturalisation of mires. (14)
Green, amber or red? Species protected by the FFH Habitats Directive in Bavaria

The EU member states are required to monitor the state of the species and habitat types protected under the Habitats Directive regularly. Based on the results of this monitoring, the FFH Habitats Directive Report is published every six years.

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Energy wood and saproxylic species  – a dilemma

Wood offers considerable potential as a renewable energy source and as such, the federal government is keen to use more of it in the future. In this connection, however, it is important to keep in mind the needs of species for which deadwood is a habitat. (15)
Stand Dynamics in the Virgin Forest "Neuwald"

The virgin forest "Neuwald" is one of the last remnants of virgin forests left in the Eastern Alps. However, there not only a change of tree species can be observed, but a decrease of all three main tree species spruce, fir and beech. (10)
Nature conservation in Bavarian forests

The condition of Bavarian forests is good. This is due in particular to forest landowners and foresters. Never the less, the topic of nature conservation in Bavarian forestry has experienced unusually intense debates, campaigns and assailments. (13)
Forest management and nature conservation in the Upper Rhine

With the expansion of the Rhine, local conditions within the Rhine floodplain have fundamentally changed regarding water regime.

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Two decades of natural forest reserves –  it’s getting interesting!

20 years of natural forest reserves, 195 natural forest reserves over a total area of 8403 ha – almost the size of a national park. Research in natural forest reserves is long-term research. This costs time and resources. And the long-standing observation plots are already bearing fruit.

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