We are an association of forest owners, foresters, scientists and people interested in forests. Since 1950 we have been pursuing the goal of dealing responsibly with our non-renewable production capital, soil, and the communities that develop on it.
We want to earn money sustainably with our product "forest", in harmony with its ecological value and satisfy other important social demands such as clean drinking water or health-promoting recreation areas.
Our principles of natural forest management are not rigid, but are constantly being further developed. On the one hand, this is triggered by new findings from science or forestry practice. More recently, of course, the increasingly perceptible consequences of climate change have also influenced our discussion.
Two important aspects determine our thoughts and actions:
If you are interested in a committed technical discussion in the forest, sometimes also at the green table, then you have come to the right place.
As a member of the German Forestry Council (DFWR) and as a working group dedicated to the "forest issue", we are of course also sought-after partners in the political forest discussion.
ANW Germany has a very long tradition in promoting continous cover forestry ("Dauerwald"). The fathers of this movement were Karl Dannecker, Willy Wobst, Willi Gayler and Hans-Jügen Otto, who was heading Pro Silva in the years 1997-2000 and brought strong influence to Ireland and the UK.