Environmental considerations in agriculture and forest management

Environmental considerations in agriculture and forest management

As you call into the woods, so it echoes back — this proverb may have been remembered by district forester wolfgang gnannt at the city council meeting on thursday evening. "The city forest yielded 85000 euros this year", declared gnamed. "Is that not too little?", it came back from the csu faction.

Dieter gerstenkorn (csu) made a different calculation. He deducted the 59,000 euros that went to the state and then, together with his faction colleague, manfred fausten, came to the conclusion that "the per-hectare own revenues in other forests are much higher. Fausten even thought that spending, especially on wages, was far too high in comparison.

Grants as incentives

but the forestry experts are hardly bothered by the criticism. Gnannt, together with his boss jurgen hahn, calmly defended his approach.

With an annual felling of 3895 cubic meters (4255 cubic meters were planned), the subsidies could not simply be deducted from the operating result. "The demand receives the forest owner yes to it, so that it does something certain and not, in order to make it rich."

Mayor jurgen hennemann (spd) pointed out that the grants also do something for the preservation of the forest. What jurgen hahn underlined: "necessary reserves and stock for later generations are built up." what also klaus schineller (eal) saw in such a way: "not every euro must be taken out of the forest, but investments for the future must be made."

To the accusation of paying too high a salary, wolfgang gnannt referred to the orientation of his work, which the city council has always supported in recent years: "it is sustainable and socially oriented." in addition, he also pays that local entrepreneurs earn their living with it. "They pay their taxes here too."

of course, so gnannt, laborers from the eastern block are more favorable, but, so the forster added: "good work also costs good money."

And also another point of criticism fausten rebutted gnannt with a quick return coach. Fausten described the valuable wood storage area in frauengrund as a good and sensible institution. "But: we also get something out of it?"

Participation in the value wood

with a superior grin gnannt answered: "for every fixed meter that is put up there we get one euro." and this year there are more than ever before. 541 cubic meters were collected by the forestry association this year, 32 cubic meters came from the city forest, mostly oaks.

The numbers then already to the operating plan 2018, which itself gnannt also absegnen dear. He plans a felling of almost 5200 solid meters and expects a profit of 90000 euro.

Jurgen hahn began by talking about ways to address climate change in silviculture. In a scenario up to 2100 and the temperature rise to be expected by then, he spoke in favor of mixed forests ("monocultures are nothing") and the increased use of douglas fir, oak, service tree and beech. "The spruce is running out of breath. But we still need to experiment with which species can best cope with the new climate."

The csu faction is gradually finding its way in its opposition role. While mr. Gerstenkorn and mr. Manfred fausten were already on their game when it came to the forest report, the farmers’ lobby really got into the act a little later on. As might be expected, the topic of whether the weedkiller glyphosate, which the world health organization classifies as a possible carcinogen, should be banned on urban surfaces, gave rise to a lengthy discussion. Genuine culture of debate in the care of the cultural landscape.

Draft text from habfurt

admittedly, this often involved more than the 23 acres of city-owned farmland that are leased out. The debate also revolved around fundamental issues and ideologies. From a "shop window application fabian weber (csu), for example, spoke in response to a petition from the spd, the free voters, the fdp and the eal. This was obviously a text that had been copied from the habfurt city council, since it spoke of a green and environmental office that does not exist in ebern.

In her statement, brunhild giegold (spd), who had been the lead author and signatory of the draft motion, attacked higher authorities: "i didn’t think the motion was needed. But the eu has taught us a better lesson. We have to do something on the ground that the substance can no longer be spread on land that is newly leased, and renegotiate old contracts."

Mayor hennemann explained that the city currently leased 23 hectares of farmland. There is still no overview of the size of the lawns and no maintenance plan, but: "the building yard does not use glyphosate as a matter of principle."

And then hennemann pulled out the action program of the municipal agenda 21, which the city council had already adopted in 1997 at his instigation and against some reservations at the time. "We have to look at the broader picture of how we deal with our nature. With the current application, we are moving within the framework of the current action program, which also includes the baunachallianz meadows. All the building blocks for implementing our sustainability goals."

Thomas limpert () declared full support for his group. Because the implementation for larger operations is not so easy, he asked for transitional periods. Fabian weber and marion muller (csu) wanted to hear from experts before voting. "I asked the farmers’ association. There are 250 other active ingredients that are less studied or more dangerous. Alcohol is also harmful", according to muller. The farmers were used glyphosat responsibly, many still grubbern, which harmed the animal world more.

What klaus schineller (eal) did not like to confirm as an organic farmer. "The product is often sprayed just to keep the field clean." and philipp arnold () found the argumentation laughable: "since when do you increase biodiversity with pesticides??"

Manfred fausten also urged restraint: "we have to be the forerunners everywhere?" rather, the few remaining farmers in the area who "are already the nation’s milking cow" should be remembered. Which in turn stimulated arnold to contradict: "this is not about agriculture in the region, but about the urban plains and about setting a sign."

Markus fausten and fabian weber (csu) wondered how such an order should be monitored at all? Weber pointed out that a monitoring service had also been hired to regulate parking times. The mayor: "we do not have a plan for this yet. It’s more about sending a signal to the outside world." thomas limpert asked for the amendment of the motion to the effect that soil samples should be taken if the use of glyphosate is suspected, and the administration should be instructed to do this.

Lisa barthelmann, as the farmer’s wife, referred to the contract’s fidelity. "The lease agreements with the city also include other requirements and we comply with them. Basta." she also knew that the more you spray, the more resistant the plants become.

Third mayor werner riegel (spd) knew about a corn product that was "taken off the market overnight because it was classified as carcinogenic. But it’s still in the groundwater," explains.

After the fronts had already clearly crystallized in the discussion, as on the letterhead of the motion, this was also reflected in the result of the vote: with 11:6, the use of glyphosate on city-owned land was prohibited. The six votes against came from csu and jungen liste ranks.

For the mayor, this is not the end of the matter, but "the start of a broad debate".

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