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Nationalpark Hunsruck-Hochwald

Green diversity - plants at the National Park

Nature at the park is determined by geology and the climate. Beech forests filled with old timber and scattered hillside wetlands, also known as marshes, are typical for this half of the park. There are also spruce trees, which are to be replaced by near-natural forests in the future. Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park is a national park which is in development. Its key objective to “allow nature to be nature” is being accompanied in its initial phase by some silvicultural measures. Spruce trees are not native to this area. They have been planted by humans in order to be able to produce raw wood quickly, and that is why they are sometimes in areas where wetlands have been drained. Nowadays, it is not just trenches which are closed in order to restore the wetlands. Tree species native to the area are also being planted to assist nature on its path to becoming nature again.

But it’s not just trees that make up flora at the National Park. Carnivorous plants such as the sundew can also be found here. Cotton grass, daffodils and orchids, as well as the famous medicinal arnica, also live in the buffer zone of the National Park.