Forests in Germany
Germany boasts over eleven million hectares of species-rich, high-quality forests with steadily increasing growing stock, the largest in central Europe. The entire forest sector and forest-based industries have an annual turnover of some 180 billion EUR and employ more than 1.0 million people, mostly in rural regions.
German forests have many faces, talents and functions. They leave their mark on landscapes, provide a habitat for plants and animals and help to protect the climate, water and soils. At the same time, forests provide an area for recreation and exercise and form part of our cultural identity. Our forests are therefore, at the same time, natural environments and places to pursue recreation and engage in economic activities. They have been managed in a sustainable manner for 300 years now.