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Germany: BDF anticipating 30m m³ of damaged wood

02.11.2018 − 

According to the latest estimates by the union of German foresters (BDF), a total of approximately 30m m³ of damaged wood has arisen as a result of storms, drought, and bark beetles during the course of the last few months. The nationwide area of forests damaged by bark beetles and drought amounts to 600,000 ha. Another 2,500 ha was also damaged or destroyed by a total of some 600 forest fires. The drought has also resulted in the withering of an estimated 300m saplings. The ensuing economic damage in forests is given as 2bn €; the German forestry council (DFWR) of Berlin had already announced a figure of this magnitude at the end of August.

According to the BDF, the damage in the forests has never been as great as this year. Many bark beetles will hibernate in the trees or litter and cause numerous other weakened trees to die next year. The threat of another mass proliferation exists depending on how the weather develops. Hardwoods, too, are likely to display clear signs of damage in the coming year as no reserves have been able to be built up this year.

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