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Burgundy is a vast wooded region among the most wooded with its surface area covered in broadleaf trees, particularly Oak, and its areas of Douglas fir, a resinous species recently implanted in the region. The region’s wood industry is adjusting to exploiting and transforming the growing volumes of conifers reaching maturity. Diversified, dynamic, and a driver of job creation, it is increasingly recognised by societý for its environment and leisure.
With nearly 960,000 hectares of forest, Burgundy is the sixth most wooded region in France. Over 30% of the region’s surface area is given over to forests while Metropolitan France has woods over 27% of its surface area. Forests are unequally spread throughout Burgundy due to more or less favourable pedoclimatic conditions. Heavily present on the Montagne Bourgignonne or the Morvan, it is much less dense in the Peri-morvandelle Plains and the Bressane Depression. The western part of the region is influenced by the Atlantic and the east has more continental influences.
With 332,000 hectares of wooded surface area, or 36% of the department, the Côte-d’Or is ranked 4th in metropolitan France’s most wooded departments, after the Vosges. Furthermore, the Côte-d’Or is the most wooded department in Burgundy with broadleaf forests making up the majority (3/4 and mostly oaks), covering nearly 270,000 hectares. Half of forested areas are publicly owned, or 162,000 hectares, including 115,000 hectares owned by local authorities (661 forests) and 47,000 hectares owned by the state (51 forests). Uncut volume is estimated at nearly 50 million m3 in 2004, growing each year by 1.6 million m3.
Broadleaf trees still dominate timber harvests with over 200,000 m3 harvested in Côte-d’Or. The department stands out by exploiting significant amounts of hardwood broadleaf timber for industry (+120,000 m3) and also for heating (70,000 m3).
In addition to production, the forest has other environmental and social roles: biodiversity, landscaping, public use, hunting, etc. All of these roles can be recognised locally by many stakeholders who sign up to a territorial forest charter. The Morvan is a pioneer in France in this domain.