About us

What is forestknowledge.net?

  • forestknowledge.net is an information and communication platform.
  • forestknowledge.net is a joint project on the four research institutions FVA, BFW, LWF and WSL (publisher) as well as their partner institutions SBS, WUH and LFE;

Publisher:

FVA Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg, Freiburg, Germany (FVA)

Editorial office FVA
  LWF Bavarian Forest Institute, Freising, Germany (LWF)

Editorial office LWF
         
         
BFW Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Vienna, Austria (BFW)

Editorial office BFW
  WSL Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Birmensdorf, Switzerland (WSL)

Editorial office WSL
         
         

Partner:

SBS
Staatsbetrieb Sachsenforst (SBS)

Editorial office SBS
  WUH Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz Nordrhein-Westfalen (WUH)

Editorial office WUH
         
         
LFE Landeskompetenzzentrum Forst Eberswalde (LFE)

Editorial office LFE
     
         
  • forestknowledge.net is a website run by forestry experts for forestry experts. We provide guaranteed, up-to-date quality information on forests, man and forest management.
  • forestknowledge.net provides compact, edited information on a wide range of forestry topics in understandable forest terminology
  • forestknowledge.net links research institutions, forest administrations, forest owner associations and other Non-Governmental Organisations to each other and provides access to experts.

The editorial staff of the respective research institutes are responsible for the text content in forestknowledge.net. Each editorial office compiles expert information, edits it and then presents it on the web-portal.

We are a focal contact point for investigative forestry practitioners and all others interested in the forest and so we are counting on your suggestions and comments. Get in touch with us!

How did forestknowledge.net come about?

Forestknowledge.net developed out of the following idea: The research sector provides a large amount of knowledge, which can only be partly incorporated into the day to day processes of improving professional competence or decision making. Therefore, the Federal Research Institute (WSL) had the idea of making relevant practical knowledge available for everyone in an easily accessible forum. In the summer of 2003 the prototype forestknowledge.ch went on line.

The experience gained from forestknowledge.ch was very positive. At the same time the four Research Institutes involved in forest research FVA, LWF, BFW, WSL intensified their efforts to develop a joint forest information system with internationally compiled contents. From this emerged forestknowledge.net which, although based on forestknowledge.ch, was technologically more demanding, textually more complex and also multilingual. Forestknowledge.net went online on 16th February 2005 with around 600 articles.

How did forestknowledge.net develop further?

The number of contributions to forest knowledge and the supply of forestry expertise were constantly growing as time went by. Parallel to this development forestknowledge.net was being developed further: a function permitting ratings and comments on contributions was a valuable addition to the information platform as of 2007. 

In 2011 forestknowledge.net was completely overhauled and now appears in a new, modern design. An important addition is the possibility to adapt forestknowledge.net to suit their own needs. And furthermore, there is an improved function allowing specialized topics to be found more quickly.

By the end of 2014 a total of 3150 contributions (of which 215 in English) and dossiers with all kinds of information (only in German) were available on the Internet. Up to October 2014 articles from forestknowledge.net were rated more than 125.000 times by Internet users.

Schweighofer Preis

In 2007 forestknowledge.net was awarded the Schweighofer Innovation Award for Forestry. Thanks to its internationality, multilingualism and the professionalism of its contributions forestknowledge.net made an especially strong impression.