The department of Forest Economics of Baden-Wuerttemberg's Forest Research Institute (FVA) developed the "Storm Topic Collection – Coping with storm damaged timber" (new name: Topic Collection) for the federal states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rheinland-Pfalz on behalf of the Ministry for Food and Rural Areas Baden Wuerttemberg and in collaboration with the Forest Research Institute Rheinland-Pfalz.

While clearing up the damage caused by storm "Lothar" (1999) it became clear that, despite a purposeful and coordinated action for coping with the damage, a practical Topic Collection for on-site staff is needed to handle storm damage which might occur in the future.

So far, a practical guide for handling extreme damage situations for locally affected staff and forest owners is missing. This Topic Collection deals primarily with technical instructions, gives suggestions and proposes solutions as a direct aid for coping with future storms.

Objectives

The aim of the project was to develop a practical and technically oriented Topic Collection on how to cope with storm damaged forests. The main contents being basic and fundamental information as well as lastingly valid instructions to fill information gaps on how to deal with suddenly occurring calamities.

The collection of instructions, checklists and leaflets encompasses the whole process of coping with storm damaged timber and provides basic information. The Topic Collection therefore creates a basic standard of knowledge, providing staff with a compendium for future storm calamities, enabling them to handle the damage in a well equipped, calm and efficient manner.

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