The Wernerwald is - next to a forest near Dangast and Sankt Peter-Ording - the only forest area in Germany that is located directly on the North Sea coast . Mainly pine trees grow on the sandy soil . The Wernerwald has been under landscape protection since January 5, 1939 . It contains the Finkenmoor and a pond that is fed from underground springs . As a local recreation area , it is criss-crossed by many hiking and riding trails and is particularly popular with locals, but also with tourists .
The forest was created at the end of the 19th century by the then Ritzebüttel official administrator Charles Anthony Werner (term of office 1868-1891) to protect against storm surges on a heather area . The original name was "Sahlenburger Revier". In the vernacular, however, it was soon called "Wernerwald", which is the only common name today.
- Günter Wolter: The Wernerwald. Series of publications by the Society for Nature and Environmental Protection Cuxhaven e. V. (GNU), Issue 6, Verlag Cuxhavener Nachrichten, Cuxhaven 1980
- See Hamburg State Calendar for the year 1865, official edition, Th. G. Meißner, Hamburg 1865, p. 97; Negotiations between the Senate and the citizenship from 1890, Lütcke & Wulff, Hamburg 1891, pp. 17, 54, 566.