Hesse's forests in trouble: attacked So heavily by bark beetles as never before

Hesse's forests are infested heavily by bark beetles as never before. The Population of the pests is to grow "on a hitherto unprecedented size" according to

Hesse's forests in trouble: attacked So heavily by bark beetles as never before

Hesse's forests are infested heavily by bark beetles as never before. The Population of the pests is to grow "on a hitherto unprecedented size" according to the Hessian forest owner Association on Monday in Friedrichsdorf. In some regions of the spruce of the bark will beetles currently "literally eaten, and in the next few years will disappear," warned the Association.

As the cause of the pest infestation the Association is called again, the dry hot years 2018 and 2019, in which the bark beetles have rapidly increased. In the Hessian of Private and municipal forest had fallen last March, with 32,000 hectares of the bark beetle to the victim and should have been beaten. The are reported to be, on average, six percent of the forest area, "and the size of the bald areas continue to grow".

Also, the book taking currently, substantial damage and death in the drier regions of Hesse over the entire surface. "In the Hessian Ried to Mörfelden and Rüsselsheim, the forests dissolve," reported the Association. At the same time he renewed his demands for financial assistance. "Many forest owners are insolvent and no longer able to maintain their forest," said President Michael Freiherr von der Tann.

they were advised by the consequences of climate change and weather extremes "in this Situation and not come out of its own power from the plight". The Association represents the interests of municipal and private forest owners in the country. A quarter of Hesse's forests is in private ownership.

Date Of Update: 15 June 2020, 18:19

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