The Dying Forest

  • Photographer
    Philipp Apler
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Jury Top 5 Selection
  • Date of Photograph
    June 2020

The Harz National Park in Germany faces an unprecedented crisis. After two years of draught, several severe storms and the rapid spread of the bark beetle, its forests are extremely stressed and weakened. Especially the large areas of spruce monocultures are affected by the beetle. One single tree can spawn more than 25.000 beetles and infect up to 600 other trees. Park authorities consider the forest‘s dieback a natural process of regeneration and decided not to interfere. They hope that the monocultures will be replaced by more resistant mixed forests in the end.

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