The proportion of healthy trees in Brandenburg's forests has decreased. While last year there were 12 percent without visible damage, in 2022 there will still be 8 percent of healthy forest trees. This emerges from the current forest status report presented by Brandenburg's Forest Minister Axel Vogel (Greens) on Monday in Potsdam. The situation is depressing, he said in view of the balance sheet. In the period before the dry period around 2018, there were still more than 40 percent healthy trees.
The forest suffers from drought and climate change. The beech, followed by the oak, is said to be the most damaged tree species. In Brandenburg there are around 1.1 million hectares of forest on more than a third of the state area.
Forest fires in Brandenburg also caused millions in damage that year. According to the ministry's data, a total of more than 500 forest fires were counted in 2022 - more than in years.