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A Case Study on the Perceptions of Forest Owners on Restoring the Forests after a Wildfire in the Treuenbrietzen Forest of Brandenburg, Germany

Version 1 : Received: 3 May 2021 / Approved: 4 May 2021 / Online: 4 May 2021 (14:13:31 CEST)

How to cite: Frank, R.; Fröhlich, K.; Saha, S. A Case Study on the Perceptions of Forest Owners on Restoring the Forests after a Wildfire in the Treuenbrietzen Forest of Brandenburg, Germany. Preprints 2021, 2021050022 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0022.v1). Frank, R.; Fröhlich, K.; Saha, S. A Case Study on the Perceptions of Forest Owners on Restoring the Forests after a Wildfire in the Treuenbrietzen Forest of Brandenburg, Germany. Preprints 2021, 2021050022 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0022.v1).

Abstract

Due to climate change, droughts have been occurring more frequently in Germany in recent years. More frequent and prolonged drought affects the health of trees and increases the risk of forest fires. A large-scale forest fire broke out near Treuenbrietzen, Brandenburg, in the summer of 2018 in pine monospecific forests. In addition to evaluating the damage caused, future reforestation is discussed, which is related mainly to the expectations of the forest owners. A telephone survey of seven affected forest owners was conducted using a semi-structured guided interview. The results from our interview demonstrated the support of private forest owners for mixed forests over monospecific pine forests. Most forest owners do not prioritize economic benefit with the forest land as forestry was not the primary source of income. Instead, the ownership of the forest tends to be linked to idealistic, cultural, and family values. The motives for reforestation vary but are often externally influenced. Different goals of forest owners lead to the challenge of finding consensus among them. We conclude that forestry advice by the federal and state governments is essential, especially on how climate change can affect local forests, to sensitize private forest owners to this problem.

Subject Areas

Wildfire; Private Forest; Reforestation; Southeast Germany; Qualitative Study; Pine Monoculture; Mixed Forest

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