How long should a tree remain standing before it is felled in order to make the greatest possible contribution?

This question was answered by forester Elena Schmidtmeyer in an interview:

Basically, as soon as the constitution of the tree deteriorates and it hardly grows any more, it is time to fell it. This is because it then becomes more susceptible to parasites and can absorb less and less CO2. If it is already preventing other, more valuable trees from growing or is a danger on paths or roads, for example, earlier felling is necessary and sensible. It is not possible to make a general statement in years, as different tree species have very different development times. A birch, for example, grows very quickly and is therefore usually harvested after around 70 years. An oak, on the other hand, grows very slowly and is not harvested until it is 200 years old at the earliest.

The background to the interview:

We are committed to reforestation. One way of doing this is to make donations and to plant trees. On the other hand, we also contribute to making the topic of “reforestation” more visible to the general public. We interviewed forester Elena Schmidtmeyer and filmed a series of video clips with her that answer many interesting questions on the subject.

Why do we get involved and how exactly do we do it? Please read our separate article here.

Would you like to watch all the videos with forester Elena Schmidtmeyer now? You can already find them on our YouTube channel.

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