Take action for climate protection and biodiversity – save the moors in the National Nature Park Hunsrück-Hochwald! You will contribute to protect special moors situated on hill slopes within the nature park. These moors are an important and valuable natural CO2 storage but they were drained more than 100 years ago for forestry use. Under the supervision of several Park Rangers you will undertake different measures to keep the water in the moor in order to undo the drainage. These include:
• blocking or filling ditches with natural material;
• building small wooden barriers.
In addition you will work on the animal park of Wildenburg Castle. Here you can find wolves, deer, wild boars, wildcats, mouflons and many other animals. Your task will mainly be to:
• renew wooden fences and elements to protect small trees from getting damaged by the animals;
• other environmental protections tasks.
This workcamp will continue the task of six former workcamps and will take place in cooperation with the National Nature Park Hunsrück-Hochwald and the Foundation for Nature and Environment Rhineland-Palatinate.
PLEASE NOTE: The work might be physically hard and you will get wet and muddy for sure! Please, bring hiking boots, rubber boots and working clothes.
Unterkunft und Verpflegung
You will stay in the community centre of Deuselbach. The accommodation is spacious, has a huge kitchen including a dish-washer and a living room, toilets, showers and a washing machine. There is one big sleeping room with camp beds.
Lage und Freizeit
The workcamp will take places in the western part of Rhineland-Palatinate, in western Germany, close to Luxemburg. You will stay in Deuselbach, a small village with 160 inhabitants. The local villagers are very happy to welcome you and to get to know you, many parties and events will happen. Deuselbach has a pub but no shops. The next bigger village (Thalfang) is 4km away, here you can find everything you need (shops, swimming pool…). There are also many tourists in this area as it is well known for hiking all over the year and for skiing in winter. The next big city is Trier (40 km), the oldest German city with many Roman sights, a huge cathedral and plenty of things to do (vineyard, shopping, clubs…). You will do several excursions with the support of the Park Rangers, e.g. to Trier.
Wer organisiert das Projekt?
The National Nature Park Hunsrück-Hochwald is the newest German National Park to protect the nature, it was founded in 2015. The landscape is dominated by huge forests, steep hills, small brooks and ponds, rocks and marshes. Only small hamlets interrupt the nature, a perfect region for plenty of different species but also for hiking. Since the establishment of the National Nature Park, special attention has been paid to restoring the former moors that were drained for forestry. Since 2016, international volunteers have actively contributed to support this process. Work on a large area of moorland has already been completed. Many different species (especially amphibians and special plants) already returned. The park rangers will do their best to explain the ecological background of the project and they will be happy to show you the beauties and sights of their home region. By participating to this workcamp you are actively fighting against climate change, protecting nature and biodiversity (UN SDG 13 and 15).
This is a special project for nature lovers and people interested in nature protection work. You will get wet and dirty. Also, please note: You can arrive either on July 17th (at 7.30 pm) or on July 18th (at 1.30pm) to Neubrücke(Nahe).
You can arrive either on July 17th (at 7.30 pm) or on July 18th (at 1.30pm) to Neubrücke(Nahe).
Coronavirus / Covid-19: Info regarding workcamps in Germany
Although it is still difficult to make definite plans for this year, we are optimistic that our workcamps in summer and autumn can take place as planned. Your safety and health, just as everybody else's, is our priority in any project. Be assured that we will take the neccessary health and sanitary precautions in all of our projects. Should there be any changes or cancellations to your workcamp, we will inform you immediately.
Please be aware that we can only really plan ahead a couple of weeks at the moment, so we ask you to wait to buy tickets for travelling to your workcamp until you receive a definite confirmation that your workcamp is going to take place; or to buy refundable tickets.
On May 31st we will confirm or cancel the workcamps for July and August and on July 31st the workcamps from September onwards, depending on the development.
For more information about the travelling restrictions to enter Germany you can visit this page https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus.
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