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project acreage: Berlin Mittelheide

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69.69% planted (trees: 12544 of 18000)
We have decided to take over another project in Berlin. This project acreage is a water protection forest, filtering the drinking water for the greater Berlin area. The project is located in Mittelheide, part of the Berlin-Friedrichshagen district. Here we have the same problem as on the other Berlin projects: Due to natural overgrowth with black cherry shrubs (Prunus serotina) as well as prolonged damage by wildlife such as roe deer, the area can no longer regenerate without human intervention.

The project is a typical Berlin Scots Pine monoculture, 3 hectares in size. The area’s average plant life is 75 years and the trees stand understandably thin. We already have some oaks, beech trees and larger birch trees on the edges along the tracks. Therefore, the structure of the forest is perfect for us to conduct the project. 
In order to preserve this inner-city recreation area we plant on this 3ha large monoculture 18,000 common Beech trees. In addition, the black cherry shrubbery growth will be significantly contained while the newly-planted beech trees gain a natural protective barrier from wildlife through carefully-installed fencing. This project demands intensive nurture of the general grove area with the intention of promoting a healthier and more balanced forest habitat that allows for natural regeneration as well as meaningful long-term benefit for the general climate.

On our first Berlin project we have taken the responsibility for the continuous diminishing of the black cherry with volunteers and supporters. Two times a year we drive up to Berlin to remove the black cherry with axes and loppers.  With this new project we are not able to take this workload. We have an agreement with a forest service company that helps us to fight the black cherry for 5 consecutive years after the planting. We will pay 370,- Euro Net per hectare and year. Therefore we had to adapt the prices for the trees moderately.

Berliner Landesforstamt is our strategic partner in this endeavor however they are unfortunately not in a financial position to fully cover the scope and breadth of this ambitious ecological project’s cost structure. Your financial contribution directly funds both the preservation of public recreation areas and the enhancement of the natural habitats of wildlife. We are effectively achieving our dual-faceted goal of ground-up forestation and tackling the growing danger of unchecked carbon emissions for the greater Berlin area. Please join us in our unanimous efforts and experience the immediate impact of your donation by visiting the Mittelheide project.

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