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How do you do – forest?

“How do you do?” is a daily way for Lônders in my village of Overloon to greet each other or to start a chat. Usually the quick answer is: “Good.” If the emphasis on the question is slightly different, then there appears to be real interest in how the other person is doing. And usually there is, as they say, ‘some prior knowledge’.

I am regularly asked how the forests around Overloon or in the Netherlands or Europe are doing and the answer then, is not that simple. To answer this, a so-called forest inventory has been carried out in most European countries since the 1980s and in some countries since the 1920s. During a forest inventory, a sampling schedule is overlaid on the map of the entire forest in a country. This is a regular grid with one point every kilometer. A field team goes to each point every 5 years and measures, among other things, the diameter of all trees and the height of some. All kinds of other things are also measured, but for now it’s just about the trees. The Netherlands also has such a forest inventory of more than 3,000 points. It is an extremely small sample of Dutch forests of some 0.03% of all trees which are measured.

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