Lichtenfels Forest

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Route of the A73 in the Lichtenfelser Forest (2005)

The Lichtenfelser Forst is a forest area northwest of the town of Lichtenfels in Upper Franconia .

The vegetation consists largely of coniferous forest - monoculture , in limited areas of mixed forest with reservations - and oaks cultures.

During the High Middle Ages, the extensive forest belonged to the Banz monastery . The northern outskirts were settled in the 13th century by the Lords of Sonneberg . The places Grub am Forst , Roth am Forst (name indicates a settlement-related clearing of the forest), Weißenbrunn am Forst , Birkach am Forst and Buch am Forst owe the place addition am Forst to the edge of the Lichtenfelser Forest.

There were in some cases large protests by nature conservation associations against the construction of the federal motorway 73 , which crosses the forest northeast of Buch am Forst , as well as against the new Ebensfeld-Erfurt line of Deutsche Bahn , which runs between Niederfüllbach and Weißenbrunn am Forst through the Lichtenfelser Forest.