Nature conservation: fires: Schmidt calls for changes in the forest law

In view of the increasing forest fires in the state, the Brandenburg Greens are calling for comprehensive changes to the forest law.

Nature conservation: fires: Schmidt calls for changes in the forest law

In view of the increasing forest fires in the state, the Brandenburg Greens are calling for comprehensive changes to the forest law. That will be addressed in the next few months, affirmed the green state chairwoman Julia Schmidt in an interview with the German Press Agency. "We currently have the problem that 75 percent of the forest is in private hands. This makes it difficult for a country to operate preventive forest fire protection. The forest owners themselves are demanding more support from the country," she said. According to her, the reform of the law involves, among other things, the creation of aisles, the drilling of extinguishing water wells and the removal of dead wood along the way. "There are some measures for forest fire protection that we are going to tackle immediately," emphasized Schmidt.

However, a permanent problem remains - the areas contaminated with ordnance and suspected areas in forests and heathland. According to the state, around twelve percent of the total area of ​​Brandenburg is currently still polluted. Explosive ordnance disposal experts destroy hundreds of tons of bombs, grenades and ammunition every year. In 2021 it was 328 tons of ordnance.

In the opinion of associations and politicians, the problem of clearing areas lies, among other things, in the costs of deploying explosive ordnance clearance. There is also a lack of personnel to dispose of the ammunition. Forest owners often feel left alone by the country at this point. "A solution has to be found here. It doesn't help if the balls are passed to each other, but everyone has to sit down at a table, the problem will become more acute," demands the state leader of the Brandenburg Greens.

In order to make the forests fit for the future, forest conversion in the state is an "absolutely important issue," emphasized Schmidt. In this regard, failures in politics over the past few decades have led to the situation with many large fires, she criticized. "You can now see from the forest fires that the climate catastrophe is here. And it is no coincidence. What we are experiencing now is also a consequence of the failure to protect the climate in recent decades."

In Brandenburg, the pine is the dominant tree species, accounting for around 70 percent of the total forest area. According to the state association of the German Forest Protection Association, in the past ten years only around 18,000 hectares of the 1.1 million hectares of forest covering more than a third of the state have been converted.

When converting the forest, the Greens are also relying on the forest reform, which is to be implemented from January 2023. "This is the first step in forest conversion," Schmidt estimated. We now have a strong forest administration with extensive powers and good training." Without the implementation of the reform, nothing will happen with the forest conversion.

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