Sunlight penetrates through the loosened canopy to the forest floor, young trees can grow back and naturally rejuvenate the stand: this is what a well-maintained, ecologically and economically valuable forest looks like to forestry experts. However, this ideal image does not yet prevail everywhere in the city’s forest, as a tour of the forest showed the city councils.
Right opposite the showcase area at obererthal is the counterexample: a stand of pines, larches and beech trees that is about 100 years old. "Although the stock is relatively old, the trees are still so dunn", said matthias wallrapp of the foundation juliusspital wurzburg. Since september 2015, the foundation has been supporting the town, especially in forestry planning.
The maintenance of the stand was not possible in the past, because it was not accessible by a road. That has now changed for several years. Therefore, on almost eleven hectares, about 750 solid meters of wood have now been cut – mainly to support other species. "The books otherwise displaced other trees", explained the city forestry manager hubertus tumpach.