Sauerland-Rothaargebirge Nature Park

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Location of the nature park in Germany
Map of the natural park
Landscape with Eslohe- Cobbenrode
Sauerland-Rothaargebirge nature park in the south of Hemer
Sauerland-Rothaargebirge nature park near the Hennesee

The Sauerland-Rothaargebirge nature park is the second largest nature park in Germany with an area of ​​3,827 km² and is located in North Rhine-Westphalia . It spreads in the Märkischer Kreis , in the Olpe , in the Siegen-Wittgenstein and in the Hochsauerlandkreis , all of which are in South Westphalia .

The sponsoring association was founded on April 29, 2015. On November 30, 2015, the Environment Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Johannes Remmel, presented the state's official certificate of recognition to the nature park. The Ebbegebirge Nature Park (777 km²), the Homert Nature Park (550 km²) and the Rothaargebirge Nature Park (1355 km²) were merged with additional areas to form the new nature park .

Geographical location

The Sauerland-Rothaargebirge nature park extends over parts of the Sauerland , Siegerland and Wittgensteiner Land . In the north it extends to the Ruhr , the city limits of Arnsberg and the core city of Brilons . To the east to the southeast it closes on the border with Hesse, to the southwest on the borders with Rhineland-Palatinate and the administrative district of Cologne . In the Siegerland, only the densely built-up areas from Siegen to Kreuztal are not part of the nature park. The westernmost municipality is Halver , in the north-west the nature park extends to the core cities of Lüdenscheid , Iserlohn and Menden .

Highest point is in the Rothaargebirge preferred Langenberg ( 843.2  m above sea level.  NHN ). The rivers Eder , Lahn , Lenne , Ruhr and Sieg have their source in the nature park .

Establishment of the nature park

On April 29, 2015. at the Stadthalle Schmallenberg the carrier association Nature Park Sauerland Rothaar e. V. founded. Bernd Fuhrmann, Mayor of Bad Berleburg , was elected chairman of the association. Around 160 founding members met in the hall. These include the Märkische Kreis, the Olpe and Siegen-Wittgenstein districts as well as the Hochsauerlandkreis, on whose territory the nature park is located. The association also includes 41 cities and municipalities with parts of the nature park and 19 private individuals. 13 other organizations also joined it. The goals of the nature park are tourism development, nature conservation , environmental communication and regional development. The sponsoring association has an annual budget of 609,000 euros for 2015. Six full-time positions are planned for the time being. The nature park is financed from membership fees. In addition, funds are raised for projects. Bad Fredeburg was designated as the seat of the administration .

Detlef Lins , Mayor of Sundern until October 2015 , became the first managing director of the nature park on November 1st, 2015 .

As the first supraregional advertising measure, a Nordmann fir from Oberelspe was brought to Berlin as a Christmas tree for the Bundestag by the chairman of the nature park, Bernd Fuhrmann .

See also

Web links

Commons : Sauerland-Rothaargebirge Nature Park  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Mein Naturpark , in: Homepage Sauerland-Rothaargebirge Nature Park , accessed on May 13, 2017, at
  2. ↑ The Sauerland-Rothaargebirge Nature Park was born ( Memento of the original from November 12, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , from May 1, 2015, accessed on May 1, 2015, from @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. ^ Statutes of the Sauerland-Rothaargebirge Nature Park e. V. ( Memento of March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), April 29, 2015, accessed on May 5, 2016, at, from (PDF; 44.7 kB)
  4. Sauerland-Rothaargebirge Nature Park officially recognized , Sauerlandkurier dated December 2, 2015, accessed on December 3, 2015
  5. Overview map of the nature park scenery ( memento from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), from April 29, 2015, accessed on May 5, 2016, at, from (PDF; 4.86 MB)
  6. Topographical Information Management, Cologne District Government, Department GEObasis NRW ( Notes )
  7. ^ Founding meeting in Schmallenberg - Nature Park launched , April 30, 2015, accessed on May 1, 2015, on
  8. "Sauerland-Rothaargebirge" nature park founded. WAZ of April 30, 2015, accessed on May 1, 2015, from
  9. Detlef Lins has a new position as managing director. WAZ of October 31, 2015, accessed on December 13, 2015, from
  10. Sauerland-Rothaargebirge Nature Park delivers Christmas tree for the Bundestag ( Memento from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), WOLL magazine, November 27, 2015, accessed on May 5, 2016, at

Coordinates: 51 ° 11 ′ 29.2 "  N , 8 ° 18 ′ 20.8"  E