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Our forest is arg buffeted

it Almost looks like Christian Bottlang would embrace the magnificent silver poplars. The Forester must press with a measuring tape closely to the bark of the trunk circumference capture. Elderberry and Walnut tree branches block the path. "Five Meters 80 Centimeters!", it with a proud voice between the branches. The silver poplar, which is in the middle of a field in Guntalingen is, perhaps 70 years old. "A beautiful tree that grows fast," says Bottlang, as he stands again in front of it.

This tree is a rarity in his forest district. Because trees of this Size, the free in the field, there are only a few. Many are long like, so that the management of the fields is easier. "Such a tree, you would have to protect," he says.

trees with magic

The silver poplar is the only tree in his area, he has a special attention. The Forester has set itself the goal, to portray a different character trees of the Stammertals. He sees this as a compensation for the care of the Wirtschaftswalds.

Forester at work: Christian Bottlang measures a Douglas fir.

he Also wants to make a special trees carefully. Some of them have a magic of its own, and could give the viewers a lot. "The high age of the trees and their uniqueness make the big responsibilities that you have towards them", says Bottlang. "You are over the centuries, just as, clean the air and provide habitat." A good dozen character trees, he has portrayed with Text and image already. More to follow.

storm and bark beetle

On a tour with Bottlang by the Stammer forests, however, are not only impressive individual trees are to be seen. Apparently, also, how much of the forest has changed the current. All the spruce stands were destroyed, everywhere-free surfaces can be seen. "Our forest is arg buffeted," says Christian Bottlang.

"I've been here for 32 years, Forester. Never the changes were not as large as in the last two years,"Christian Bottlang,
Ranger

In the summer of 2017, drew a storm on the Stammertal. Approximately 10 percent of the forest area have since disappeared. The bark beetles have contributed: you benefit from the hot and dry weather and explosion spread fast. "I've been here for 32 years, Forester. Never the changes were not as large as in the last two years," says Bottlang. He points to a dense, dark Spruce trees, the there are only a few years. "The bark beetle is also here to stay."

food for insects

For employees in the forestry area have changed tasks since 2017. After months of wood you are working so hard now, especially in order to maintain vacant space. It is to this-resistant, species of forest-rich to emerge.

A learner is digging on this November day with a pickaxe on a new clearing, a hole in the rooted soil and an oak tree. Also Douglas fir should be promoted. Both roots deeper than the spruce, and can better deal with higher temperatures. To be cared about, the chestnut trees or walnut trees. Invasive plants such as buddleia, in contrast, are pulled out.

The forest area for Plantations to choose the forestry workers be aware of. Make sure whether the trees occur here naturally. Thus, a single gnarled oak trees that have stood in the storm to resist to the above-mentioned clearing already. Other to rot on the ground and offer insects food. The plantings are gentle interventions. The goal is a forest that remains stable over the long term and need little care.

The large Aach: The oaks of the future

On the trunk mountain is part of a special oak: The big Aach, as they call the Locals.

at the Top of the trunk mountain, an ancient oak is growing. Approximately 350 years old, they should be. Signs point the way to the "big Aach". Once there, it takes a Moment to capture the tree in its full Size: The crown branches far above in all directions. The bark is crisscrossed with deep Furrows, on the West side is overgrown with moss. The circumference of the trunk is five metres and 20 centimetres. A wooden table and benches invite you to linger - and to the longer View of the mighty oak.

"The tree exudes a certain calm and strength," says Förster, Christian Bottlang. To feel "that, you have to be esoteric. Again and again people come here to see the tree."

oak is considered a Symbol of longevity and strength, they can be up to 1000 years old. The oak on the trunk mount was lucky that she was allowed to stand still. In the ' 70s, you have a you want to cases, says Bottlang. "But in the village of resistance was formed." In the meantime, the tree was protected. Previously, the oak stood alone on the highest point of the root mount, it is now surrounded by the Book, which you press with your faster growth. The Forester is not sure that this is done in Excess.

Cantonese oaks is currently widely promoted. Its wood is valuable, you can deal with higher temperatures and dryness and are a contribution to the biodiversity.

the Old oaks provide the insects and birds habitat. In the root of the forest around the Central benefits Specht of it. His stock had risen in the past few years, says Bottlang. His favorite place in the forest area: the old oak forest, at the root of the mountain. (raw)

The silver poplar: A tree painted

a rarity: The silver poplar in Guntalingen is about 70 years old.

Particularly impressive silver from poplar trees when a storm was coming. The leaves with their white underside, swirling in the air, the wind surges are like waves on the tree. A magnificent silver poplar stands lonely in a field in Guntalingen. You remind Ranger Christian Bottlang of long-forgotten, primeval landscapes.

Earlier large silver poplars were more likely to be seen. Do you like swampy, wet soils, there is less and less. Economically, they are of little interest, the fast-growing tree provides a rather soft wood. However, for the diversity of species, they make an important contribution. In the thick bark and dying Branches, insect find food, which birds benefit. Silver poplars can live for more than 400 years old. The tree in Guntalingen is about 70 years old. (raw)

Douglas fir: Solve the spruces?

Spread quickly: Douglas-fir are economically exciting trees.

Douglas-fir are not considered to be a local. They occur mainly in North America, and in part, over 80 meters high. In a forest In the vicinity of Waltalingen grow fir trees for about 100 to 120 years, three impressive Douglas. You are about 45 meters high, the trunk circumference is about three meters.

These trees are in Switzerland for some of the hopefuls. You could eventually replace the spruce stands. Because the trees are with your hard wood economically attractive and robust. They have roots deeper than the spruce, and can better deal with drought and Storms. So far, they are hardly affected by pests, says Förster, Christian Bottlang. The rough bark for woodpeckers interesting. And there is evidence that Douglas-fir had occurred before the ice age here. They spread of course, but not too fast. (raw)

in the bottom of The mountain elm: pests attack

Suffers from pest infestation: the elm in the root of the forest

to overlook The mountain, elm tree in the root forest is easy. The Foliage is de-energized at the end of November already. The tree looks unimpressive. And yet it has taken Förster, Christian Bottlang in his inventory, and the character of the trees, because the mountain became elms are rare. A second mountain elm very close to recently had to be felled. The sapwood the beetle had added to it. The insect pierces the bark of the elm and is infected with a fungus, the clogged pathways.

Since the ' 70s, and elm, in Switzerland, are on the decline-so you have to die from the Elm. Christian Bottlang hopes, however, that the great mountain elm tree lives in the root of the forest even longer, about 100 years old she's already become. Your Leaves build up quickly and be good for the soil. The Forester takes a sheet of paper in the Hand. The fine lines are asymmetric. (raw)

Created: 09.12.2019, 10:22 PM

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