Why does reforestation make sense?

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

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Reforestation is usually carried out when there are only little of the old trees left or, for example, when agricultural land is to be converted into forest. Forests play an important role for the climate, drinking water, the recreation of the population or for the protection of people, for example from avalanches or landslides. However, these functions can only be fulfilled by an intact forest. This is why young trees have to planted regularly. However, if the forest is tossed by a storm, for example, and there are still no young trees, humans have to help. If this is not done promptly, other vegetation often grows on the areas, which makes subsequent planting much more difficult. Grasses and brambles are spreading. This makes the mechanical process of planting much more laborious and also creates an ideal habitat for mice. As mice often eat and damage young trees, many of the planted trees can die. New trees should therefore be planted as soon as possible after a damage event.

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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