The National Park Administration

The National Park Administration is a special authority of the State of Baden-Württemberg assigned to the Ministry for Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection. Around 90 members of staff are currently employed in five specialist departments located at four different sites - in the former Villa Klumpp in Ruhestein where the current information centre can also be found, in the former winter services building on the Alexanderschanze mountain pass, in Klosterreichenbach and in the former Hotel Adler in Seebach. Together with the new visitors’ centre, a new administration building is also built at Ruhestein which will serve as the headquarters of the National Park Administration.

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The National Park Management

The team is led by two directors:

Dr. Wolfgang Schlundwho established and ran the nature conservation centre in Ruhestein.

Dr.Thomas Waldenspuhlwho was previously head of the Forestry and Community Department at the state’s Forest Research Institute (FVA) in Freiburg.

Managerial office

The managerial office supports the two directors with their daily responsibilities. Whether large events, taking care of important visitors, festivals, special lectures or external inquiries, the managerial office coordinates and organises important tasks and circumstances. The National Park committees are also supervised by the managerial office.

Public relations work is also an important function of the team as is creating and maintaining print and online media.

Department 1: Administration

As a higher authority for forestry, conservation and hunting, there are a great deal of formal duties that have to be undertaken by this department in the Black Forest National Park. HR matters, of course, also belong to their responsibilities along with the normal administrative business. The head of this department is Stephan Byrtus.

Department 2: Ecological Monitoring, Research and Species Protection

Research plays a key role in the Black Forest National Park with the scientists’ focus directed towards both nature and humans. In this department, headed by Marc Förschler, natural science research is carried out. Here, the diversity of species and the dynamic processes in the National Park are observed and examined.

More on natural science research

Department 3: National Park Planning, Regional Development and Tourism

Headed by Dr. Kerstin Ensinger, the focus is in this department is people. Here, topics such as perceptions to nature, acceptance and recreation are dealt with. Through collaborations and partnerships, the department works hands-on with the National Park region in the areas of tourism and regional development. Together with the National Park Council, the National Park Advisory Board and the region, the department’s members of staff also have the important task of compiling the comprehensive National Park Plan – a type of operations manual for the park – by 2018. All important topics such as tourism, path and traffic concepts, environmental education, bark beetle administration and wild animal management will be detailed within in a transparent manner. Interested citizens will have many opportunities to contribute to this exciting project.

More on the National Park Plan

More on social science research

Zudem koordiniert der von Britta Böhr geleitete Fachbereich die Entwicklung, Umsetzung und Weiterentwicklung des Nationalparkplans gemeinsam mit Nationalparkrat und -beirat sowie unter breiter Beteiligung von Bürgerinnen und Bürgern der Region.

Department 4: Environmental Education and Visitor Care

For the majority of visitors to the National Park they are your first point of contact: the employees of Department 4 - Environmental Education and Visitor Care. At the National Park Centre in Ruhestein you will receive initial information on the area, the latest offers and news on all current developments in the park. Those participating on one of the tours from the annual programme or have a group booking will be welcomed and accompanied by teaching staff members or rangers. The latter, who also carry out the conservation duties, are often out and about in the park, for instance on patrol in the different areas that include the summit of Hoher Ochsenkopf, the ruins of Allerheiligen Abbey and the Ruhestein mountain pass. This large team is headed by Charly Ebel.

More on the offers from the Department of Environmental Education and Visitor Care

Department 5: Forestry and Conservation

A great deal of forestry work is also carried out in the National Park. What with logging in the managed zones, bark beetle management in the buffer zone around the National Park, species protection work and maintaining and signposting the paths, the employers have their hands full the whole year round. The head of this equally large department is Jörg Ziegler.

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Committees

The National Park Administration are assisted by the National Park Council. All important decisions are made jointly with this committee on which representatives from the Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection, the Central/North Black Forest Nature Park (Naturpark Schwarzwald) and all neighbouring towns and districts sit. More

There is also an expert committee, the National Park Advisory Body, which assists the National Park Administration with all specialist issues. It includes associations and interest groups from the areas of conservation, church communities and tourism. The advisory body can delegate four representatives to sit on the National Park Council. They can offer their specialist knowledge but have no voting rights. More

Committees

The National Park Administration are assisted by the National Park Council. All important decisions are made jointly with this committee on which representatives from the Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection, the Central/North Black Forest Nature Park (Naturpark Schwarzwald) and all neighbouring towns and districts sit. More

There is also an expert committee, the National Park Advisory Body, which assists the National Park Administration with all specialist issues. It includes associations and interest groups from the areas of conservation, church communities and tourism. The advisory body can delegate four representatives to sit on the National Park Council. They can offer their specialist knowledge but have no voting rights. More

Leitbild Nationalpark Schwarzwald

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Leitbild des Nationalpark Schwarzwald
History

History

The Black Forest National Park came into being on 1 January 2014 and is the first and, at present, only national park in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The occasion was celebrated ...

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Accessibility

Our goal is to make the Black Forest National Park easily accessible to all. That also applies to this website. Every effort has been made to include as few barriers as possible. ...

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All of wood:
Our new National
Park centre

The long, overlapping corridors are reminiscent of tree trunks, the wooden exterior walls anyway. The winner design of the new National Park ...

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