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C31 Black Forest National Park



Managing conflicting goals for protected areas


Basic information about the Black Forest National Park.

Total park area10 062 ha
ManagementNo management for resource extraction, except for species and habitat conservation, visitor safety and to protect neighbours – see the description of the zoning concept in the next section.
Total timber volume281 m³/ha in the southern part (Ruhestein)
Annual growthNot relevant
Annual cutting rate3500 m³/yr, until 2044 including the management and transition zone
Deadwoodno data available yet
OwnershipState forest and municipal forest (~470 ha)
ClimateAverage annual precipitation 2200 mm; average annual air temperature 4 to 7 °C (January -3 °C – July 13 °C)
GeologyBunter/red sandstone, with occurrences of granite and gneiss in lower valleys
Soilscambisol, podzol, and gley; often very acidic and low in nutrients
Protected area100 % national park
Natura 2000 areaSpecial Areas of Conservation (SAC; FFH in German) 2747.1 ha

Data in part from PricewaterhouseCoopers & ö:konzept (2013)