Forest Areas Are Set Aside for the Benefit of Nature
With the goal of a total of 75,000 hectares of untouched forest, approximately 12 percent of the forest area in Denmark would be left untouched. The majority of the forests becoming untouched are state-owned.
In 2022 an important milestone in the work of setting aside areas was reached as 28.000 hectares of state-owned forest was selected for this purpose. With this latest setting a side of areas the goal of a total of 75.000 ha of untouched forest is almost reached.
A common thing for the untouched forests – regardless of where they are located – is the stop of commercial forestry, and that dead trees and fallen trunks are left in the forests for the benefit of biodiversity.
In the implementation of the untouched forests there will be a restoration period, where different processes are initiated through a number of restoration activities. These restoration activities include for instance felling of mainly non-native conifer species. Also, the hydrology of the areas is restored by closing of ditches and drains, so small lakes, bogs and mires again become an integrated part of the forests. Veteranization of trees will assure higher levels of standing and laying dead wood in the untouched forests.
Cutting of hardwood tree species will gradually be phased out, in order to ensure the accessibility of certified wood during a transitional period to the Danish sawmills.