Kurt Borchers (forester)

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Kurt Borchers (born July 22, 1901 in Braunschweig , † May 16, 1970 in Hanover ) was a German forester and administrative officer. From 1965 to 1966 he headed the Lower Saxony state forest administration .


Kurt Borchers was born in Braunschweig in 1901. There he attended school and passed his Abitur in 1919. He completed a forestry apprenticeship at the Wolfenbüttel Forestry Office and then studied forestry science at the Forestry University in Hann. Münden and in Munich. During the following legal traineeship he was awarded a Dr. oec. publ. PhD. He was then a few years Forsteinrichter in Forsteinrichtungs- and Forest Research Institute of the country Braunschweig operates under the direction of Karl Abetz was. From 1931 Borchers headed various forest offices in Brunswick, including Tanne (Harz) , and from 1933 to 1938 the forest offices in Grünenplan in Hils and Lutter am Barenberge . In 1938 he became an inspection officer and consultant for silviculture and forest management at the headquarters of the state forest administration in Braunschweig. Borchers took part in the Second World War as a pioneer officer from 1939 , from which he returned in August 1945.

After the Second World War

After the end of the war, Borchers continued to work for the Braunschweig State Forestry Administration. In an article in Spiegel from February 22, 1947, in which he warns of the climate and landscape-changing consequences of the extensive deforestation in the British occupation zone as part of the British Specht campaign , he is described as “one of the most outstanding experts on the German forest”. In October 1949 he moved to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forests as a consultant . In 1953 he was appointed forest master and in 1963 chief forest master. Until 1965 he was head of the department for silviculture, forest management and other forest management areas. He then headed the Lower Saxony State Forestry Administration as Senior Ministerial Counselor. Borchers retired in 1966. In 1968 he was awarded the Heinrich Christian Burckhardt Medal from the Forest Faculty of the Georg-August University in Göttingen . He died in May 1971 at the age of 68 in Hanover.

Borchers published on forest science topics, including in the forest series Aus dem Walde .

Fonts (selection)

  • Value and practical feasibility of research into existing history with special consideration of the conditions in Braunschweig , dissertation, Braunschweig 1928.
  • The forest as a German national good , Lüneburg 1948.
  • with Kurt Schmidt: Proof of the origins for the current pine occurrences in northern Lower Saxony , Hanover, posthumously 1973.


Individual evidence

  1. Borchers, Kurt, Dr. In: Das Kosmos Wald- und Forstlexikon , 5th edition, Stuttgart 2016, p. 138.
  2. Wood chopper in uniform . In: Der Spiegel , February 22, 1947