German conifers: quality – versatility – tradition – durability – profitability

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Over 30% of the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany is covered in woodland, which means that Germany contains the largest forested area in Europe. German forests have been sustainably managed for over 300 years. Legislation ensures that only so many trees are harvested every year as are grown again. It is a way to secure the raw material base for the German sawmilling industry for future generations. This is just one example of the concept of sustainability created by German forestry and meanwhile adopted by many sections of the economy all over the world.

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!

Douglas fir

Although it was already native to Europe before the last Ice Age, the Douglas fir (botanical name pseudotsuga menziesii) from North America has been cultivated again in Germany since 1828. The Douglas fir is characterized by its especially high capacity to grow – and the growth conditions in Germany are excellent; the tallest tree in Germany today is, in fact, a Douglas fir. The woodland area covered by the Douglas fir has already risen to over 2%. Due to the fact that it requires very little in relation to the location and in view of the climate changes it is a perfectly adapted conifer species, offering good wood properties, rapid growth and stability of the woodland.

The Douglas fir is a heartwood tree featuring a marked contrast between the brownish to red-yellow heartwood and the yellowish sapwood. Due to its high capacity to grow the Douglas fir tends to have wider annual rings with a distinctive latewood area, which gives the surface a fascinating and interesting visual effect.

Douglas fir wood is somewhat harder than the wood of other conifers; it has excellent physical and mechanical properties, which allow its use in a variety of applications. Its valuable elasticity and strength characteristics make the Douglas fir suitable as timber for building and construction. Due to its high resistance and durability, it is also often used outdoors as well as in hydraulic engineering.

Here you can find sawn timber of Douglas fir