Every ton of carbon dioxide saved helps slow climate change. However, for the foreseeable future, the Earth’s temperature will continue to rise and warm. Therefore, native forests should now adapt to these higher temperatures. The Burgenland Forest Society has launched a project for this.
The spruce is one of the top dogs in the Austrian forests, with a share of more than 50 percent. According to the Forest Society, at least in Burgenland, the tree has no future, because climate change is making it too warm and too dry, which makes the trees vulnerable to pests such as the bark beetle.
“Future dependence on several types of trees”
Therefore, the Burgenland Forest Society wants to make forests resilient to climate change. According to Herbert Stummer of the Forestry Association, many different tree species are used deliberately, which in general may need less water. The decision on tree species must be made over the next 80 to 100 years.
To be able to make an existing forest suitable for the climate, you have to do the thinning process to bring more daylight to the forest floor, Stammer says. The Burgenland Forest Society has started the “Road to a Climate Friendly Forest” project. Forest owners receive advice on how to make their forests climate friendly.
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