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Dieren en planten

Water en land

Landforms   Forests   Forest (biotope)   

Mens en Milieu

Path through a mix forest, Jan Pieter Kok, Terschelling

Forests

During the first half of the last century, man planted forests on all of the Dutch Wadden Islands, hoping to end the wind-blown sand from covering the villages and fields. In addition, wood was needed in the mining industry. Black pine (Pin de Corse) was planted the most, a rapidly growing tree that can survive in nutrient-poor sand. However on the Wadden Islands, even this tree did not grow well. Nor were many trees harvested for mining. Later on, the forests became important for recreational purposes. In the meantime, most forests have been converted into mixed forests, because deciduous trees use less water than pines.