Data protection declaration

Information on the collection of personal data and provider identification

In the following section we should like to inform you of the nature and extent of the personal data collected during the use of this website. Personal data is data that can be used to identify you or which relates to you directly, e.g. name, address, e-mail addresses, your browsing behaviour on this website.

The service providers and responsible parties are the four forestry research institutes publishing this website ("Publishers"). More detailed information on these institutions are to be found in our Legal Disclosure (Imprint).

If you use this website for informational purposes only, i.e. if you do not log in to use the website, register or otherwise provide us with information, we will not collect your personal data, except for the personal data automatically sent to us by your web browser, depending on your settings, to enable you to visit our website (IP address, date and time of your visit to the website, time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the pages you visit on our website, access status/HTTP status code, the volume of data transmitted in each case, the website from which you are accessing our website, the browser, operating system and type of connection you are using, the language and version of the browser software).

"My Waldwissen"

However, if you wish to use the area reserved for registered users, "My Waldwissen", you will need to provide the Publishers with your e-mail address. This will be used exclusively for registration purposes and will not be disclosed to third parties. The provision of this data by you is entirely voluntary but necessary for registration.


If you would like to receive our newsletter, you must provide an e-mail address to which we can send the newsletter. By providing us with your e-mail address, you consent to us using it to send you the newsletter in order to keep you up to date with news on

We use the e-mail marketing software of CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG, Mühlenstrasse 43, D-26180 Rastede to manage and create the newsletter. The e-mail addresses are thus hosted for administration purposes on a CleverReach server, in an area to which we have password-protected access. The contract between us and CleverReach is based on the Terms and Conditions of CleverReach, which you will find under

You do of course have the right to unsubscribe from the newsletter and to withdraw your consent to the use of your data with future effect at any time. In order to do so, please click on the relevant button in the newsletter sent to you or send an e-mail to us at


We also use cookies. These are small text files which are stored on your hard disc in association with the browser you are using, and which provide us with anonymised information. Our cookies are not capable of running any programs or of transferring viruses to your computer. We use cookies to make our website more user-friendly and effective for you, and to collect anonymised statistics on the user behaviour of visitors to the website for analysis.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies". These are text files that are stored on your computer and which allow your use of the website to be analysed. The information generated by the cookies about your use of this website (including your IP address) is sent to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google will use this information in order to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on the website activities for the website operators and to perform other services for the website operators related to use of the website and the internet. Google may also disclose this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will under no circumstances combine the IP address transmitted by your browser with other data collected by Google. You can prevent the storage of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; we must however point out that in this case you may not be able to use all of the functions of this website in full.

We have set Google Analytics in such a way that the last four digits of your IP address are not disclosed to us. If you object to the use of data created by the cookie relating to your use of the website, we must ask you to leave the website or subsequently to install a so-called "opt-out cookie" in your browser, which will prevent the collection of data related to your use of the website by Google. Please note that this cookie will be deleted again if you set your browser to block cookies on a general basis. You would then have to re-activate the opt-out cookie on your next visit to our website. To activate the opt-out cookie, simply click on the following link.

  • Deactivate Google Analytics

You can also prevent the collection by Google of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address), and the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: (

You will find further information on terms of use and data protection under or Please note that this website uses Google Analytics with the code extension "anonymizeIp" in order to ensure the anonymisation of the IP addresses collected (so-called IP masking).

AddThis bookmarking service

This website includes "AddThis" plug-ins, which allow you to set book marks or to share interesting website content. The use of "AddThis" involves the placing of cookies. The data generated by these cookies (such as the date and time of your visit to the website or the browser language) is transmitted to an Add This LLC server in the USA and processed there. You will find further information on data processing by Add This LLC and the Add This LLC data protection policy under This website provides information in particular on the type and purpose of the data processed. We ourselves do not process the said data in any way. By using the "AddThis" button, you agree to the data processing carried out by Add This LLC, and indeed to the extent set out on the website You can prevent the use of your data at any time by installing an "opt-out cookie". Further information on this is also available on the aforementioned website of Add This LLC.


Our website includes links to videos on the online platform YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave., 94066 San Bruno, CA, USA, a subsidiary of Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

When you access integrated videos, your browser establishes a direct connection to the servers of YouTube or Google in order to be able to show the content. This provides the server at YouTube or Google with information on which of the pages of our website you have visited. If at the same time you are logged into your YouTube account as a registered user, YouTube is able to associate your surfing behaviour directly with your personal user profile. You can prevent this happening by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand.

Please also note that when you access the integrated content, a link is established to Google’s advertising network DoubleClick, which may install http cookies in your browser that will record the data as stated in item "Cookies" and recall previous visits to the website, and which can create a behaviour-based user-profile of you.

Use of the website to make contact

As well as simply giving you access to the information on our website, we as a service provider also allow you to establish contact with us by e-mail, fax or telephone. If you use the contact form in order to contact us, the mandatory data you are asked to provide, which is marked as such, and any additional information you share with us voluntarily will be stored by us solely for the purposes of answering your questions.

Right to information and revocation of consent

You have the right to request free information from us at any time on your stored personal data, including its origin, the purpose of the data storage, and recipients thereof or types of recipients to whom the data may be given.

You have the right to revoke any consent you may have given to us or will give us for the use of your personal data with effect for the future at any time.

Should you wish to exercise the aforementioned rights to information and revocation, please send an e-mail to or write to the address given in our Legal Disclosure ("Imprint").