Federal forest

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Logo of the federal forest division

The division federal forest of the Institute for Federal Real Estate (BImA), formerly Federal Forest Service , is responsible for the "Green Facility Management " and the square specialist support to the property of the federal and is one of the largest area supervisor in Germany. The state forest owned by the federal government is also referred to as federal forest . The division federal forestry farms in 17 federal forestry operations with a total of around 260 forest districts 366,000 hectares of forest and 207,000 hectares of open spaces for forestry and nature conservation aspects. Over a million cubic meters of harvested timber are felled annually .


Employees of the former federal forest administration briefing the German and US-American shooters in the shooting guidelines of the seventh annual “German-American Partnership hunt” at the Hohenfels training area , 2015

Since the founding of the Federal Forest Administration at the time, the portfolio of tasks has steadily expanded, particularly with the transition to the Federal Agency. The core task is still the design and maintenance of the state forest according to specific requirements on the properties , which are required by the federal ministries to fulfill their mostly sovereign tasks . The forest and form of nature conservation services to the armed forces and stationed in Germany Visiting Forces used military property (v. A. Troop and military training courses ) focus (320,000 ha). In addition, the federal forest is making more areas available for compensatory and replacement measures required by nature conservation law . Their necessity arises in particular in connection with the construction of federal trunk roads and other federal construction measures.


The federal forest division has around 1200 employees and is divided into 17 federal forest operations. At the head office in Bonn , five specialist departments support the foresters in their work on site.

List of federal forest operations

The 17 federal forest companies are:

Some of the federal forest operations maintain branches, e.g. B. the Federal Forestry Agency Rhein-Weser in Bad Lippspringe to look after the Senne military training area .


Forest director Günter Nessenius in 1985 in the Federal Forestry Office in Wense , which was responsible for the properties in the northern part of the Bergen military training area .

The local authorities initially consisted of forest offices and chief forester's offices , which were called federal forest offices from 1971 to the end of 2004. Also up to the end of 2004 there were three forest inspections in the federal property departments of the regional tax offices in Berlin, Magdeburg (Hanover branch) and Nuremberg, to which 36 federal forest offices were subordinate. Each office had six to ten forest districts. The head of the federal forest was formed by the department of forestry and agriculture on federal properties, forestry and agricultural valuation in Department VI of the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF). The three forest inspections were dissolved, the former 36 federal forest offices were initially so-called "federal forest headquarters" until they were merged on October 1, 2009 to form the current 17 federal forest operations.

Special challenges also arise in connection with the transfer of large properties, which were formerly used by the military and mostly contaminated with contaminated sites and ordnance , to civilian use ( conversion ). These properties are usually characterized by particularly valuable natural features. Not least because of this, the federal government has decided to dedicate 125,000 hectares of federal real estate that is no longer required as a national natural heritage to nature conservation and not to sell it. The German Federal Environmental Foundation  - DBU Naturerbe GmbH has already entrusted the federal forest with the care of the national natural heritage on around 50,000 hectares .


The Federal Forests division offers a two-year trainee program. The prerequisite is the completion of a forestry degree, a class B driving license and a hunting license . The employment relationship is based on the TVöD Bund . The division cooperates with the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt and the University of Applied Science and Art (HAWK) Göttingen for a dual bachelor's degree in forestry .

Uniforms and official badges

The federal forester wear uniform. The traditional “forest blouse” or “A-skirt” is still worn on formal occasions. In daily duty, however, a selection of functional uniforms is available. Official designation badges (braided shoulder pieces or slip-on loops) will continue to appear on uniforms, because this is advantageous when dealing with the predominantly uniformed addressees of forest services ( Bundeswehr , Federal Police ). The employees with forest training wear the shoulder pieces according to their collective bargaining grouping.

Web links

Commons : Bundesforstverwaltung  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Order and organization of the Federal Forests division. In: bundesimmobilien.de. Federal Agency for Real Estate Tasks, accessed on September 29, 2019 .
  2. a b Federal Forestry Trainee. (PDF) In: bundesimmobilien.de. Federal Agency for Real Estate Tasks, accessed on September 29, 2019 .
  3. Locations and contacts. In: bundesimmobilien.de. Federal Agency for Real Estate Tasks, accessed on September 29, 2019 .
  4. Federal Forestry Agency Rhein-Weser. In: senneoriginal.de. Retrieved September 30, 2019 .
  5. Forestry (B.Sc.). In: bundesimmobilien.de. Federal Agency for Real Estate Tasks, accessed on September 29, 2019 .