Devastating hurricane has made state forests richer in deciduous trees

Which is come 30% more deciduous trees in state forests since the hurricane of 20 years ago, created great devastation. Millions of trees in its forests broke

Devastating hurricane has made state forests richer in deciduous trees

Which is come 30% more deciduous trees in state forests since the hurricane of 20 years ago, created great devastation.

Millions of trees in its forests broken like matchsticks, as decemberorkanen ravaged the country 20 years ago.

When the state forests were replanted, many of the damaged conifers replaced by deciduous trees like oak and beech.

nationwide, there are now about 30 percent more deciduous trees in state forests since 1999.

- the Hurricane devastation came in the first place as a great shock, but it was also an eye-opener for the way to manage the state forests in denmark, says Mads Jensen, head of department at Danish Nature agency, to the agency's website.

- instead of to replant the large plantations, with straight rows of conifers, we made the forests more varied, with more deciduous trees like oak and beech.

- A diverse forest is better stuck in the storm, but is also more fun to walk in, and with time it will get far more wild animals and plants associated with, says Mads Jensen.

the Hurricane that hit the country 3. december 1999, affected especially the forests in the Sydvestjylland hard.

Large areas of conifers have been completely put down.

Looking only at the ten forests in the Sydvestjylland, which was among the hardest-hit state forests, there come twice as many deciduous trees as before.

In the years after the hurricane were planted 4.4 million new trees.

part of the broken trees were allowed to remain standing in the forests and have slowly gone into decay, to the delight of mushrooms, insects and birds.

Several sites have also caused areas to jump in the forest of itself.

- Stormfaldet paved the way for a rapid transition to what we today call bioengineering forestry.

- Now, we are working purposefully to get more variation in the woods and let nature do the for a major part of the work itself, says Mads Jensen.

- To change on the forest generally requires great patience, and it is quite unique in that we have achieved such great changes in so short a time. It had never happened without the help from the hurricane, says the head of unit.

Decemberorkanen 20 years ago killed seven people and caused damage for 13 billion kroner.

/ritzau/

Updated Date: 04 December 2019, 15:01

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