In the first months of 2021, a Norway spruce forest that is partly damaged will be transformed into a climate-proof deciduous forest. To facilitate this restoration, an area of 2.5 ha will be planted with native trees, thus contributing to a forest ecosystem that can stand up to the challenges of today and the future.
Landgoed Oostermaet is one of the rural estates managed, developed and protected by Stichting IJssellandschap. The Norway spruces in this area have been damaged to a large extent by the Ips Typographus, a type of bark beetle. IJssellandschap is transforming this former coniferous forest into a climate-proof deciduous forest.
The main aim of this new natural forest is to maintain and develop ecological values and natural processes in the forest. IJssellandschap has therefore designated 2.5 hectares for planting a mixed deciduous forest. In the first quarter of 2021, 5,500 trees and shrubs will be planted.
We will be planting deciduous trees that have a rich insect life and species that will add structural variety. Besides the species we plant, there will also be spontaneous regeneration. This will include mainly the pioneer species, such as birch and Scots pine.
The area is part of the nature network. It is open to the public and accessible by footpaths and cycle paths. Due to the recreational use, the dead Norway spruces were felled at the beginning of this year, to prevent unsafe situations.
IJssellandschap works with groups of volunteers from the neighbourhood. This ensures a high level of involvement and short communication lines. A great deal of attention is also paid to neighbourhood management, including the organisation of residents’ evenings, excursions in the area and discussion sessions.
The goal is to plant a climate-smart forest.