Green Wrecking Ball: Germany Clearing “Undisturbed” 1000-Year Old Forest, Make Way For Massive Wind Park

Germany’s government has not only taken a wrecking ball to the nation in terms of COVID, but also to its biodiversity in its self-deluded bid to protect the climate. 

Clearing of 2000 hectares in one of the last undisturbed forests has begun as State of Hesse issues the construction approval for massive industrial wind park.  Image:

“Grimm’s fairy tale forest”

About a year ago we reported on disturbing plans by the government of the German state of Hesse to clear 20 million square meters of 1000-year old “fairy tale” forest in one of Germany’s most idyllic, fairy tale-like forests: the Reinhardswald located in the hilly region west of the city of Göttingen.

The Reinhardswald is known as the “treasure house of European forests” or the “Grimm’s fairy tale forest”.

A total of about 2000 hectares ( 20 million m²) of the thousand-year-old Reinhardswald was designated for destruction by the state in order to clear the way for a massive wind power plant development.

Conservatives, Greens ram project through

Tragically, that battle to stop the destructive project has been dealt a severe blow as the construction of access roads began 2 days ago. The massive resistance of the affected citizens was ignored by the Hesse state government, which ironically is governed by a coalition of the CDU conservatives and environmentalist Greens. Updates posted here.

Press release

What follows is the press release from environmental protection group Aktionsbündnis Märchenland:

The Reinhardswald never had a chance. Not in Hesse. Not in this power structure, in whose ‘care’ the state-owned, widely known Reinhardswald is now to be cleared, chopped up, concreted over, built on – treated like any other industrial area along any motorway. Only a few kilometers away — in North Rhine-Westphalia and in Lower Saxony — the Reinhardswald would have been safe as a historically old, large-scale forest site worthy of protection, particularly significant in terms of biodiversity. But not in Hesse.

Conservation group Aktionsbündnis Märchenland is stunned by the granted approval – but not surprised. From the very beginning, this project in the Reinhardswald forest district was rammed through in a manner of an overlord against all protests from municipalities, groups, initiatives, associations and, in any case, over the heads of the people affected, as a prestige project of the Hessian state government.

For years, the project developers have been able to rely on the political and technical support from Wiesbaden – right up to the approval process. The Regional Council of Kassel, which is bound by directives, only needed to implement them.
The largest wind turbine project in Hesse, with over 14 kilometres of new and upgraded roads capable of carrying heavy loads, is now to be built in the valuable eco-system of the forest, which is also the heart of a demonstrably historically old forest site with a history of over 1000 years going back to Medieval times.

The last of Germany’s undisturbed landscapes

The area is the largest contiguous forest area in Hessen in a virtually uninhabited, undisturbed and therefore in itself an extremely valuable natural area. It’s beauty serves as a recreational area of outstanding importance [1] in the midst of a landscape that is partly classified as cultural-historical and of the highest value. Even according to Hessian Environment Minister Priska Hinz (Greens), it is one of the most scenic regions in Germany [2],

The Reinnhardswald is a landscape that has not yet been industrially influenced and which belongs to those of which the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation describes as: “Landscapes that appear close to nature without technical influences that must be preserved.” [3]

“Shockingly wrong” ruling

The decision to grant construction permission in the Reinhardswald forest, which is known far beyond the state and even federal borders, is considered by the Action Alliance group to be shockingly wrong, exclusively politically motivated and, moreover, highly endangering confidence in the implementation of the transition to green energies.

The Action Alliance declares: “We are already announcing that we will document all events in the Reinhardswald and make them public, as well as all existing expert reports and expert authority statements. In addition, we are already asking all supporters who take photographs and film to contact us so that we can coordinate the work if necessary. The clearing began immediately today as over one hundred-year-old beech trees have already fallen.

In addition, we will use our possibilities to support the already announced lawsuits of environmental associations and possibly municipalities.

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23 responses to “Green Wrecking Ball: Germany Clearing “Undisturbed” 1000-Year Old Forest, Make Way For Massive Wind Park”

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  2. John Hultquist

    Are they sure this will prevent the demise of Earth?

    In protest, I will nurture a dozen new trees this spring.
    {This is long-term planning — future fire wood.}

    Do you get the idea I do not believe CO2 is a problem?

  3. RoHa

    But how else can we save the world and protect the polar bears?

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  7. J. R.

    Fifty years from now, after they’ve realized their gigantic wind farm was a failure, perhaps they will tear down the windmills and give the land back to nature. Two hundred years after that, maybe it will look like the forest again. I wonder how many people, or rather how few, will get rich from this.

    1. Ed Reid

      It will likely take less than 20 years to realize the failure, though probably 50 years to admit it. The poles might come down, but the foundations will probably remain. Perhaps they could mount picnic tables on them.

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  17. drumphish

    5000 acres is 2000 hectares. Converts to approximately eight square miles of land. Two miles by four miles in area.

    The Urals have lots of trees, the German government could buy 2000 hectares of forest in Russia somewhere, build a wind farm there and skip stripping a thousand year forest of its trees.

    Don’t fret, the trees can become Deutschmarks! Problem solved.

    I am being sarcastic, of course.

  18. mwhite

    “we had to destroy the village in order to save it”

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  20. pochas94

    Entirely appropriate for those who wish to kill everything.

  21. richard

    You go for walks in forests for the peace and tranquility and WTF mechanical monsters!

  22. bonbon

    This is Emanuel Kant’s Omni-pulverizer at work. Kant, in fact an anti – philosopher, is taught in the Halls of Universities transatlantic – wide. A lot of severe mental illness results.

    It was Heinrich Heine with Religion and Philosophy in Germany ,

    who, as a great poet, saw Kant’s intention. Later many have acknowledged Kant, such as Nietzsche, Arendt, and H*itler’s first move in Paris was to have Heine’s grave removed. Heine in 1834 wrote in that Fragment, that what would come in Germany would make the then recent French Terror look like a coffee – house chat. That was a 100 years before.

    The reason is the Romantic Movement of Kant with his Critiques :

    “What a strange contrast did this man’s outward life
    present to his destructive, world-annihilating thoughts!
    In sooth, had the citizens of Konigsberg had the least
    presentiment of the full significance of his ideas, they
    would have felt a far more awful dread at the presence of
    this man than at the sight of an executioner, who can but
    kill the body. But the worthy folk saw in him nothing
    more than a Professor of Philosophy, and as he passed
    at his customary hour, they greeted him in a friendly
    manner and set their watches by him. “

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