Bavaria: Foresters call for more staff for forest conversion

Fürth (dpa / lby) - Bavaria's foresters are demanding more staff to maintain and convert the forests in the state in the face of the climate crisis.

Bavaria: Foresters call for more staff for forest conversion

Fürth (dpa / lby) - Bavaria's foresters are demanding more staff to maintain and convert the forests in the state in the face of the climate crisis. "Whole stocks are dying in ever larger areas," said the Association of German Foresters on Monday during its state assembly in Fürth. Therefore, there must be more resistant and diverse mixed forests. "However, there is a lack of forestry personnel throughout Bavaria." According to its own information, the Bund Deutscher Forstleute is the association with the largest number of foresters in the Free State. According to its own statements, it represents the interests of employees and civil servants in all types of forest ownership.

Last year, a record of almost 10,000 hectares was reached in Bavaria during forest conversion, said Forest Minister Michaela Kaniber (CSU), according to a previously distributed speech manuscript. Because of an appointment in Munich, her speech at the state assembly was broadcast by video. Around 6 million young trees have been planted and more than 2000 hectares of new climate forest have been established.

Of the 200 new positions for the Bavarian forest administration that the state government had promised between 2017 and 2030, 83.5 positions have now been filled, said Kaniber. Your goal is to get the rest done faster than planned. The Bund Deutscher Forstleute (Association of German Foresters) criticized the fact that the downsizing in forest management that had been decided many years ago was not included. The bottom line is that only eight additional jobs will have been created by the end of 2021.

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