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Over 30% of the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany is covered in woodland, which means that Germany contains the largest forested area in Europe. German forests have been sustainably managed for over 300 years. Legislation ensures that only so many trees are harvested every year as are grown again. It is a way to secure the raw material base for the German sawmilling industry for future generations. This is just one example of the concept of sustainability created by German forestry and meanwhile adopted by many sections of the economy all over the world.

German wood – a secure and sustainable raw material base

Every year, 120 million m³ of biomass is newly grown in Germany, which, in the case of many types of wood, is by no means used to the full extent. A historical forest heritage and modern sustainable forestry ensure that the woodland
is managed in accordance with ecological principles and with due regard to biodiversity.

We currently have approximately 3.4 billion m³ of wood in reserve in our woodland. As a consequence, the woodland does not only provide a secure raw material base but, at the same time, such forestation also significantly reduces
CO2 emissions – an active contribution to the protection of the climate!


The larch covers 3% of the woodland in Germany. As with the pine and Douglas fir, the larch ranks amongst those heartwood species with a marked color contrast between the reddish-brown heartwood and the yellowish to red-tinged sapwood, whereby the sapwood remains relatively narrow, the heartwood occupying the largest portion of the cross-section.

Its resistance to weather makes larchwood superior to other species; for this reason it is the wood of preference to be processed for outdoor use. On the other hand, it is also good timber for building and construction and is additionally used in hydraulic and bridge engineering.

Here you can find sawn timber of Larch