Tree Project in Austria
The reforestation project in Austria is a cooperation with an association from Lower Austria, which mainly supports small local forest owners with the afforestation of damaged areas. We also want to lend a hand and make our contribution so that the forests in Austria, our popular holiday destination, are preserved or can grow again. Around 50 million trees are needed to restore the damaged areas.
Tree project in Lower Austria (Waldviertel)
In recent years, bark beetle infestation has resulted in areas of damage totaling 20,000 hectares across Austria. In the Waldviertel alone (region in Lower Austria) there are around 13,000 hectares that now have to be reforested quickly. 2,500 trees are planted per hectare. The affected individual areas belong to private forest owners and are mostly up to 0.5 hectares in size. We support them to help them create new forest areas fast.
This is implemented primarily by local companies that take on the active planting work with their employees. Even a “planting layperson” can plant more than 100 trees a day. We sponsor additional trees so that the hard-working helpers can plant more trees. Planting always takes place in spring (March / April) and autumn (October / November) of each year.
In principle, only climate-friendly tree species are planted in a mixed forest. I.e. we only plant those varieties that are recommended by science. The climatic zone, the heights and the location (damp, wet, dry …) are considered in order to make the best possible selection and to ensure the long-term survival of the trees. These are tree species such as fir, English and sessile oak, sycamore maple, red beech, wild cherry, larch, pine, alder, Douglas fir, red oak, etc.