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Environmental Protection and Conservation

The careful interaction with the forest environment leads to the sustainable development of the City of Arnsberg.
The Naturpark Arnsberger Wald is the only important forest area in Germany which is named after a city. It encompasses the largest forest nature reserve in North Rhine-Westphalia, where rare animal species such as the black stork, woodpeckers, corncrake, hazel grouse, honey buzzard, red kite and different types of tawny owl are found.
In addition to the Verein für Natur- und Vogelschutz im Hochsauerlandkreis e. V. (VNV) and the Ortsgruppe Arnsberg des Bund für Umwelt- und Naturschutz Deutschland e. V. (BUND) there is the Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Naturschutz und Umwelt NRW (LNU) which is one of the three accredited conservation organisations in North Rhine-Westphalia and has its head office in Arnsberg.
The Waldakademie im Wildwald Voßwinkel (Forest Academy) works in co-operation with the Sau-erländer Gebirgsvereins (SGV) (Mountaineering Club), the Natur- und Umweltschutz-Akademie NRW (NUA) and the local groups of the Landesjagdverbandes (LJV) (Hunting Association) to preserve the forest ecosystem.
Finally, the Kreisjägerschaft Hochsauerland, with more than 3,000 members actively engages not only in the maintenance and promotion of hunting and hunting rules and rights but also in the maintenance and promotion of conservation and landscape protection in Arnsberg.