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Nationalpark Hunsruck-Hochwald

Objectives of the National Park

In a national park, nature must be allowed to be nature. This is important for the conservation and protection of different species. Fungi, beetles and many plant species need just as much peace and quiet as wildcats, black storks and black woodpeckers. They can find this here across an area equivalent to over 14,000 football pitches. We currently know much too little about the natural conditions in which certain species thrive. Therefore, we want to learn from the National Park.

However, allowing nature to be nature is also important for climate protection. Spruces now stand in areas where completely different types of trees would have naturally grown. This happened because of the wetlands being drained long ago, but we are now restoring the wetlands. This is good for the species of trees which are native to this area, but it also benefits the climate. The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation believes that wetlands in Germany absorb just as much carbon dioxide as all the forests – and only 4% of the country is wetland, in comparison to forests which take up 30%.

Both the protection of species and the climate are key challenges, as is demonstrated in the global species extinction and climate reports. However, both require further research. We will do this in close cooperation with centres of higher education, such as the Environmental Campus in Birkenfeld. Education and research are therefore key aspects of life at the National Park. 

Allowing nature to be nature is something which also fascinates people. The name “National Park” represents a significant brand across the world, thanks to role models such as the Serengeti, Yosemite and many more. People go there to find nature and search for tranquillity. And of course, people want to learn more about the environment. Therefore, our task is to explain environmental processes to anyone who is interested in this topic and to allow people to experience nature in all its glory. In cooperation with National Park guides, restaurants, guest houses, hotels and many others, we want to present travellers with more opportunities to enjoy Hunsrück National Park.

The citizens, municipalities and state government are in agreement: The National Park can become a flagship project for structurally weak regions in Rhineland-Palatinate. For this reason, a lot will also be done for the area surrounding the National Park. Streams are being regained from concrete beds and renatured. Village squares are being redesigned and constructed for future generations to enjoy. Broadband is being installed, and the water supply is being permanently secured. There are many examples of sustainable regional developments that have already been initiated.

Hunsrück National Park has already become something quite special. Communicating together, working together, growing together - the forest has made all this possible. Nature has become the driving force for a new culture.