There is resistance in Flörsheim to the planned gravel quarrying at Raunheimer Waldsee.

The criticism of the coalition of the CDU and the Green Alternative List Flörsheim (Galf) is directed against the clearing of the forest, which is necessary for an enlargement of the gravel works.

As reported, almost twelve hectares of forest at the Raunheimer Waldsee, which is classified as a protected forest, would have to be cleared to expand the Dreher Group's gravel quarrying area.

Jan Schiefenhoevel

Editor in the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

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This area is within Raunheim's district, but the city of Flörsheim owns the forest.

In a joint statement, the Flörsheim coalition factions recall the dispute over the clearing of the Flörsheim city forest for the construction of the west runway at the airport.

The municipality sold around 180 hectares of forest in 1980 to forestall the threatened expropriation.

Habitat for endangered animals and plants

In times of climate change, the forest has an important function, especially in the Rhine-Main area.

Clearing a healthy forest is forbidden.

A forest is an "essential basis of life", offers a habitat for endangered animals and plants and generates oxygen, is indispensable as a climate regulator.

Old and tall trees have a particularly high value from an ecological point of view.

It will take decades before a comparable quality is achieved with new plantings.

The forests in the densely populated region were eroding anyway.

In view of global warming, deforestation is the opposite of what is necessary.

It is precisely the protective forests around the airport that contribute to protecting the climate and are also important for noise reduction, according to the statement by the two parliamentary groups.

Agreeing to clearing for economic reasons is not a sensible strategy.

CDU and Galf announce that they will campaign for a joint resolution against gravel mining in the Florsheim city forest among the other factions in the city council.

At the same time, hope is placed in the city of Raunheim, because it can influence the decision on gravel mining in the planning approval process.