On farms with forest areas there is often a common forestry strategy with neighbouring farms with adjacent forest areas. Rangers, lumberjacks or shooting tenants often come from outside the farm. As different parties are involved in the use of the forest area their interests can differ from or even oppose each other. So, there is a lot of potential for conflicts. These can even have effects outside of the forest. For example: If wild boars cause damage in a cornfield and the farmer and the shooting tenant disagree over the compensation for the damage.
Conflicts after felling of trees:
In forest work, especially the felling of old and difficult trees the lumberjacks doing the work are often hired outsiders. These outsiders have the disadvantage that they are often not familiar with the area and do not know the – often invisible – borders between forest lands of different owners, because landmarks that identify these borders are often out of sight in a dense forest. This may lead to the felling of trees that belong to the neighbour. Because the owner of the piece of land where the felling should take place is often absent due to other obligations during the work. This inevitably leads to trouble with the real owner of the fallen trees. As there are at least three parties of the conflict (the two owners of the forest land and the lumberjack) occurring conflicts are not always easy to solve. The mediation of an uninvolved outsider, like a mediator, may help in negotiate the compensation for the damage done to the satisfaction of all conflict parties.
Damage of forest paths:
The maintenance of forest paths is often the responsibility of the forest owners whose forest lands border the path. Intensive use may lead to damages that make maintenance work necessary. This intensive use might be the work with heavy forest machinery or it might be intensive riding as a high riding frequency damages a forest path very quickly. If maintenance work is necessary there might be disagreement about the financing of the work, the type and amount of maintenance work necessary. Resulting conflicts should be solved as soon as possible to ensure that all users of the forest path enjoy the use of the repaired path again.
Game likes to browse the shoots of young trees. Therefore, forest owners often fence in fresh plantations until the young trees have reached a state at which they can tolerate the browsing of the game without fatal damage. If game manages to get into a reafforestation area and do damage to the young trees, despite protection measurements, disagreement about the compensation for the damage might begin. A consensual solution is preferable.
Game damage in a field:
Every farmer who experienced a pack of wild boars in his cornfield knows how much damage they can do to the crops. If the animals have ploughed a fair share of a field the damage done is remarkable. An argument about the amount of compensation can easily lead to a conflict between the forest ranger or shooting tenant and the farmer with the damaged field. But this kind of conflict can be peacefully settled as well.
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