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Curse or blessing?

Non-native forest tree species can reduce native species diversity if they are planted in uniform stands. The effects of introduced species on soil properties are small.

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What is waldwissen.net?

  • waldwissen.net is an information and communication platform.
  • waldwissen.net is a joint project on the four research institutions FVA, BFW, LWF and WSL (publisher) as well as their partner institutions SBS, WUH, LFE and INRA.
  • waldwissen.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.
  • waldwissen.net provides compact, edited information on a wide range of forestry topics in understandable forest terminology
  • waldwissen.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 waldwissen.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!


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

Editorial office FVA

Bavarian Forest Institute, Freising, Germany

Editorial office LWF

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

Editorial office BFW

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

Editorial office WSL


Staatsbetrieb Sachsenforst (SBS)

Editorial office SBS

Wald und Holz Nordrhein-Westfalen (WUH)

Editorial office WUH

Landeskompetenzzentrum Forst Eberswalde

Editorial office LFE

Forstliches Forschungs- und Kompetenzzentrum Gotha
(FFK Gotha)

Editorial office FFK

How did waldwissen.net come about?

Waldwissen.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 waldwissen.ch went on line.

The experience gained from waldwissen.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 waldwissen.net which, although based on waldwissen.ch, was technologically more demanding, textually more complex and also multilingual. Waldwissen.net went online on 16th February 2005 with around 600 articles.

How did waldwissen.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 waldwissen.net was being developed further: a function permitting ratings and comments on contributions was a valuable addition to the information platform as of 2007.

By May 2017 a total of 3370 contributions (of which 250 in English) and dossiers with all kinds of information (only in German) were available on the Internet. Up to May 2017 articles from waldwissen.net were rated more than 220.000 times by Internet users.

In 2011 waldwissen.net was completely overhauled and now appears in a new, modern design. An important addition is the possibility to adapt waldwissen.net to suit their own needs. And furthermore, there is an improved function allowing specialized topics to be found more quickly. Since summer 2015 a free app for iPhone and Android is available as a supplement to the existing website.

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