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Various institutions are responsible for the cultivation of the forest land.
The Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW is responsible for the protection and sustainable development of the various functions of the forest and the wood industry serving the people of North Rhine-Westphalia. The state-run Forestry Commission Office Arnsberg is one of 35 field offices. It cultivates around 10,000 hectares of national forest and is responsible for the management of three "forestry communities" with a total of 114 forestry operations in the City of Arnsberg. At this, the principle of sustainability plays a fundamental part. For over 50 years, the Waldbauernverband NRW has been lobbying for the private forest owners´ interests.
The municipal forestry commission (Forstbetrieb der Stadt Arnsberg) is responsible for the siting and maintenance of forest paths, traffic safety, recultivation measures, felling of trees for safety reasons, administration of hunts and forestry training. Due to the sustainable cultivation of the forest, the municipal forest (Stadtwald Arnsberg) has been certified according to PEFC guidelines.
The forestry administrations von Fürstenberg and von Boeselager are responsible for c. 10,000 hectares of forest which extend far beyond the municipal border.
Furthermore, offices located in Arnsberg provide services in the sectors of forestry and silviculture. Deutsche Forstberatung Th. Oppermann operates in the areas of management consultancy, forest composition and tree "stocktaking", conservation consulting and silvicultural supervision and reports.Leonhardt & Partner, office for forest and environmental planning, focuses on forest composition, control sampling, surveying, mapping and photography as well as on the creation of eco-accounts.
A further institution in Arnsberg, the Forstgenbank der Landesanstalt für Ökologie, Bodenordnung und Forsten (LÖBF) attends to different tasks related to ecology, genetic engineering and the cultivation of forests in North Rhine-Westphalia. Their emphasis lies on the seed-harvest, -preparation, -storage and commercialisation as well as on the consulting of forest owners, forestry commissions and tree nurseries. Furthermore, the LÖBF develops recommendations for the nature-oriented cultivation of forests.
In addition to the Waldbauernverband NRW, the Westfälisch-Lippische Landwirtschaftsverband (WLV) represents the interests of agriculturists in Westfalen-Lippe.