As a manufacturer of chain saws and power tools for gardening and landscaping, we at ANDREAS STIHL AG believe that we depend on a sound natural environment. We are constantly working to harmonise our business goals with environmental demands.
For this very reason, STIHL is committed to making a direct contribution to environmental conservation in addition to its efforts aimed at reducing emissions resulting from processes and products. Among our many activities, we have supported the organisation Bergwaldprojekt (Mountain Forest Project) since 2006. Today, we would like to tell you a little more about this project.
About Bergwaldprojekt (Mountain Forest Project)
The non-profit organisation Bergwaldprojekt e.V. is committed to protecting, preserving and maintaining forests – with a special focus on mountain forests – and cultural landscapes. To do so, Bergwaldprojekt aims to draw attention to the problems forests face; raise awareness of links within nature, issues affecting forests and humanity’s dependence on this ecosystem; and bring about improvements to ecological and political conditions.
In order to achieve its objectives, Bergwaldprojekt organises working trips into forests with volunteers. Participants make an active contribution to protecting the forest, the climate and a variety of species and experience the forest ecosystem with all their senses. The working trips aim to improve the state of forests at Bergwaldprojekt’s project sites while giving people an opportunity to see for themselves how essential forests are for humans and how necessary it is to protect all of the forest’s functions.
A group of participants that had signed up for a project on the North Frisian island of Amrum got to experience just this last November. When you hear the term protection forests, you usually think of mountain forests that protect people from avalanches or floodplain forests that protect people from floods. But the same is also true for forests that protect islands from storm surges or prevent encroachment by sand dunes. With around 200 hectares of forest, Amrum is the most heavily forested island in the North Sea. However, non-native tree species, such as spruce, have also been planted on the island. In light of climate change, these trees will no longer be able to make a sustainable contribution to protection in future. This is where our MS 261 and our Rapid Duro carbide-tipped saw chains come in.
With the help of professional instruction, the participants felled non-native trees to make room for native species and new saplings to grow free. But because the trees’ bark was highly soiled by flying sand, the participants often had to use handsaws and resharpen their tools. What’s more, the conditions also meant extra wear and tear for saw chains.
As part of Bergwaldprojekt’s activities, volunteers have been making a contribution to protecting and preserving forest ecosystems in Germany and throughout Europe for more than 20 years. In this time, they have planted more than 1 million trees, looked after hundreds of hectares of forest, restored many kilometres of forest streams to their natural state and helped bring the moisture back to dozens of raised bogs. Tens of thousands of volunteers have already lent a hand.
This March, Amrum will once again play host to a project by Bergwaldprojekt – and STIHL products will once again be front and centre. Interested in working with others to experience and understand nature? Then go to www.bergwaldprojekt.de for an overview of current dates and projects.
Bergwaldprojekt also organises projects around the world. You can find out more at www.bergwaldprojekt.org