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How this 92-year-old German forester has seen our forests change over the years

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Life Terra is a foundation with a mission to enable people to take impactful climate action now. They facilitate tree planting, educate future generations, and develop tree monitoring technology. Life Terra is co-financed by the European Commission through the LIFE programme.
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Wulf Böhmcker shares his passion for trees; how he’s witnessed firsthand that forests (and the livelihoods associated with them) have dwindled over seven decades, and what we need to do about it.

This 92-year-old forester saw our forest change over the years

Forester Wulf Böhmcker, 92, started with trees as a young student and still keeps himself busy with trees. He planted a tree only a few days before speaking to LifeTerra. Böhmcker said,“Trees, nature and forests are my life. And I am very concerned about the people who are losing their forest.” Scroll down for his words of wisdom.

“Yesterday I drove 300km to get here and basically only through/past damaged forests. It used to be a thriving landscape and now you see damaged trees and damaged wood everywhere. Where's that coming from?”

92-yo Wulf Böhmcker from Hesse, Germany, has been active in forestry for the past 70 years and is still busy today. “Yesterday I drove 300km to get here and basically only through/past damaged forests. It used to be a thriving landscape and now you see damaged trees and damaged wood everywhere. Where’s that coming from?” Source: Facebook/LifeTerra

It's too warm. The trees don't get enough water.
It has to do with our changing climate. It’s too warm. The trees don’t get enough water. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
It has enough sap and enough resin so that the bark beetles get stuck and die.
Usually, a tree will fend for itself against its enemies. It has enough sap and enough resin so that the bark beetles get stuck and die. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
This is what we are experiencing after three hot summers with little water.
If the tree doesn’t have enough water, it won’t have enough resin and the bugs will kill the tree. This is what we are experiencing after three hot summers with little water. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
— Wulf Böhmcker, forester.
“I have observed that humanity is growing incredibly and nature is fighting back. We’re destroying nature.” — Wulf Böhmcker, forester. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
People want to breathe therefore they need oxygen. That's what the trees provide us. And the older the trees are and the more trees there are, the more oxygen they can provide.
The forest can help itself; however, it takes forever. People want to breathe therefore they need oxygen. That’s what the trees provide us. And the older the trees are and the more trees there are, the more oxygen they can provide. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
If you leave it to itself it'll take decades. And if we help here and reforest, which is Life Terra’s purpose, then it goes faster and better.
That’s why we want to help it go fast, to get the forest going again quickly. If you leave it to itself it’ll take decades. And if we help here and reforest, which is Life Terra’s purpose, then it goes faster and better. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
Juliane said “We are here today to plant trees in order to help the forest. Since so many trees have already died this year, it is now important to plant new trees.”
Meet the triplets: Janine, Phil and Juliane, aged 12. Juliane said “We are here today to plant trees in order to help the forest. Since so many trees have already died this year, it is now important to plant new trees.” Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
Still one can continue to have fun.
We need to convince people to help and also to live more sensibly. Still one can continue to have fun. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
It means becoming a little humbler, which is hard. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
There are many ways to limit oneself. It starts with food and continues with lifestyle. Nevertheless one can have a lot of fun.
Many people want to discover the world. There are many ways to limit oneself. It starts with food and continues with lifestyle. Nevertheless one can have a lot of fun. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
“I also enjoy planting trees. Planting trees is also a lot of fun for me because you help Earth and the next generation that they too will have forests.”
It starts with the way we raise our children. Phil: “I also enjoy planting trees. Planting trees is also a lot of fun for me because you help Earth and the next generation that they too will have forests.” Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
onto the meadows, into the woods, to the bushes - show them animals. Then they get a sense for all of this.
We can take our children by the hand and lead them into nature – onto the meadows, into the woods, to the bushes – show them animals. Then they get a sense for all of this. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
“I actually find it very exciting to see trees being put into the ground and then growing so huge. Planting trees is also a lot of fun for me because you help the earth and the next generation that they too will have forests. And this is their tree and will remain so.”
Janine: “I actually find it very exciting to see trees being put into the ground and then growing so huge. Planting trees is also a lot of fun for me because you help the earth and the next generation that they too will have forests. And this is their tree and will remain so.” Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
And with that, many of our livelihoods and also many professions and ultimately lives will be destroyed. That's why we need to do something and Life Terra is on the right track.
As man is not reasonable and thinks the others can do it, a lot of nature will be destroyed. And with that, many of our livelihoods and also many professions and ultimately lives will be destroyed. That’s why we need to do something and Life Terra is on the right track. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
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Do you agree we should save our forests for future generations? Join us: LifeTerra.eu Source: LifeTerra
Life Terra is a foundation with a mission to enable people to take impactful climate action now. We facilitate tree planting, educate future generations, and develop tree monitoring technology.
500 million trees by 2025 Life Terra is a foundation with a mission to enable people to take impactful climate action now. We facilitate tree planting, educate future generations, and develop tree monitoring technology. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
As part of a multi-faceted mitigation strategy, planting trees can play an important role in the fight against climate change and the devastation it causes (heat waves, drought, forest loss, desertification, erosion, flooding).
Life Terra is founded on the knowledge that tree planting is regarded as the most cost-effective nature-based solution to capture carbon. As part of a multi-faceted mitigation strategy, planting trees can play an important role in the fight against climate change and the devastation it causes (heat waves, drought, forest loss, desertification, erosion, flooding). Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
harnessing and monitoring nature’s own carbon capture mechanism and enabling citizens to take urgent action against the climate crisis.
Life Terra seeks to bring people together to plant 500 million trees in 5 years, harnessing and monitoring nature’s own carbon capture mechanism and enabling citizens to take urgent action against the climate crisis. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
Wulf Böhmcker is an inspiration to all ages. Source: Facebook/LifeTerra
This 92-year-old forester saw our forests change over the years.Source: Facebook/LifeTerraEurope

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