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Greetings from Vogtland vol. 7 – A biodiversity hotspot for central Europe in former mining land

Our master students recently participated in a 4-day excursion in the Vogtland-region, and learned many different aspects of forestry and wood products through visits in local forest areas and companies. This blog post series, written by the participating students themselves, highlight some of these encounters!

20180627_100241It is hard to believe that a former mining land could be today a hotspot of biodiversity for central Europe. But the Soos National Nature Reserve (Soos NNR) in Czech Republic holds today the highest category of nature protection. Its area of 221 hectares is the habitat for several rare species, that could establish over the mineral rich soils. Nonetheless, this special conditions were not originally found in the area, but were rather generated by mining activities. The former peatland disappeared due to sedimentation of mineral layers that today attract the establishment of specialist species. Read More

Greetings from Vogtland vol. 6 – Smallholder forestry: from demo plots to education trail.

Our master students recently participated in a 4-day excursion in the Vogtland-region, and learned many different aspects of forestry and wood products through visits in local forest areas and companies. This blog post series, written by the participating students themselves, highlight some of these encounters!

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Staff of Sachsenforst.

During the 4-day excursion, we had opportunity to visit with some Saxony state rangers and learn from them about the situation with private land ownership.

This educational trail combined both public and private sector since extension activities is also a task of the Public Enterprise Sachsenforst. Here, through different management intensity plots the rangers can show to the owner the diverse forest management and the result of these interventions. Read More

Greetings from Vogtland vol. 5 – Sawmill „Schauer“ in Werda, Vogtland

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Our master students recently participated in a 4-day excursion in the Vogtland-region, and learned many different aspects of forestry and wood products through visits in local forest areas and companies. This blog post series, written by the participating students themselves, highlight some of these encounters!

The last point of our four-day excursion to Saxon Vogtland was the Sawmill “Schauer” in the municipality of Werda. It is the fourth mill in the so called “Valley of the ten mills” at the stream “Görnitzbach”. First credentials which witness the existence of a mill at this location date back until the year 1224. In 1524 the mill was rebuilt into a sawmill, driven by a waterwheel. Since 1877 it is family-owned by the “Schauer’s” and in 1933, they switched to an electrical powered drive. Although it was not expropriated in the GDR (former East Germany), it stood still from 1960–1970. After the reunification (of the two Germanies), a new era began with the purchase of a new band saw in 1992. Today it is the only one of its kind in the entire region. The cost of this band saw is about 1 million euros, the total cost of this sawmill amounted to about 3 million euros. Read More

Greetings from Vogtland vol. 4 – Forest management in a smallholder forest enterprise

Our master students recently participated in a 4-day excursion in the Vogtland-region, and learned many different aspects of forestry and wood products through visits in local forest areas and companies. This blog post series, written by the participating students themselves, highlight some of these encounters!20180626_193914

– Tuesday, 26th .06.2018 Private forest farm: “Unterer Jageswald” at Bergen village

During our 4-day excursion in the Vogtland-region we had a chance to visit a smallholder private forest enterprise owned by the family of a former TU-Dresden Professor (Prof. Uibrig). With his family they own 64 ha of forest characterised by over 90% of Norway spruce, and few old beech trees. Almost 100 years old with around 400 trees/ k. sq, 350 m3/ha, it has not been modified after its repurchase (after the reunification of Germany). Nowadays it is composed of an uneven age natural regeneration part, old plantation and old nursery. His objectives are to maintain a stable forest of site-fitting tree species and provenances and establishment of new natural regeneration stands of 6% within 10 years. Read More

Greetings from Vogtland vol. 3 – Forest Education Garden “Walderlebnisgarten Eich”: Experiencing the forest through all senses.

Our master students recently participated in a 4-day excursion in the Vogtland-region, and learned many different aspects of forestry and wood products through visits in local forest areas and companies. This blog post series, written by the participating students themselves, highlight some of these encounters!

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The importance of medicinal plants ©Patrick Diaz, 2018.                                                   

 

In the first day of Excursion Vogtland event series organized by the MSc. Couse Tropical Forestry, students from the first batch (2017-2019) had the chance to visit Forest Education Garden “Walderlebnisgarten Eich”. Mr. Ulf Schlegel, as the person in charge managing this garden, warmly welcomed the students and introduced the history, aims and all the interesting educational programs offered by the Walderlebnisgarten Eich. Read More

Sächsische Schweiz: From rock climbing to protected areas administration

DSC_0507Could you guess where free climbing was born?  Yes, in Saxony. To be more precise in the “Elbsandstaingebirge” as it is called in German and which can be easily translated to English with just three words, the Elbe sandstone mountains. Read More