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Learning from nature: Integrative forest management


 General information on the forests of the State Forest Enterprise Ebrach

Total forest area16 500 ha (1200 ha set-aside area; timber production on 15 300 ha)
Main management typesIrregular group shelterwood, group and single-tree selection systems
Total volume388 m³/ha (6 400 000 m³ in total)
Annual growth10.6 m³/ha/a (168 000 m³ in total)
Annual cutting rate7.7 m³/ha
Deadwood23 m³/ha
OwnershipState forest
Climate7.5 °C mean annual temperature, 850 mm mean annual precipitation
GeologyMostly Keuper – gypsum and dolomite marls, clay and sandstones that were deposited during the Middle and Late Triassic epochs (about 220 million years ago)
SoilsSmall scale mosaic of sandy, marly or clayey soils, mostly nutrient rich;
50 % of soils are largely impenetrable for fine roots, 75 % are sensitive to soil damage by forestry machines
Protected area1200 ha set-aside area
Natura2000 areaSAC 11 465.5 ha
SPA 11 528.2 ha