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Despite being a densely populated country (approximately one quarter of the population of the USA on an area smaller than the State of Montana), over 30% of Germany is covered in woodland. Germany was the first country to decide to harvest only so much timber as it was possible to reforest in parallel. This practice has been functioning effectively for over 300 years now and has also been applied successfully in the USA. It is a way to secure the raw material base for the German sawmilling industry for future generations.
German wood – a secure and sustainable raw material base
Every year, 120 million m³ of biomass is newly grown in Germany, which, in the case of many types of wood, is by no means used to the full extent. A historical forest heritage and modern sustainable forestry ensure that the woodland is managed in accordance with ecological principles and with due regard to biodiversity.
We currently have approximately 3.4 billion m³ of wood in reserve in our woodland. As a consequence, the woodland does not only provide a secure raw material base but, at the same time, such forestation also significantly reduces CO2 emissions – an active contribution to the protection of the climate!