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Applying for recognition for a forestry association

If you want to set up a forestry association and receive funding for it, you must have it recognised and meet the necessary requirements.

Forestry cooperatives are private-law associations of landowners whose purpose is:

  • improve the management of connected forest areas and land intended for afforestation;

as well as the disadvantages

  • small area size
  • unfavourable surface shape
  • the fragmentation of ownership
  • of the mixed situation
  • insufficient forest digestion
  • or other structural deficiencies

to overcome.

The forestry association must have at least one of the following measures as its task:

  1. Coordination of operating plans or farm reports and business plans and individual forestry projects
  2. Coordination of projects essential for forestry production and disposal of timber or other forest products
  3. Execution of forest crops, soil improvements and maintenance work, including forest protection
  4. construction and maintenance of paths;
  5. Carrying out logging, processing and timber transport
  6. Procurement and use of machinery and equipment for several of the measures grouped together in points 2 to 5

Process flow

  • Make an informal application.
  • Attach all necessary documents to the application.
  • Submit the documents to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
  • You will then receive information by post about the approval or rejection of the application.

Competent authority

The responsibility lies with the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Department 4 "Administration, Law and Forestry", Unit 406.


  1. The forestry association must be a person governed by private law,
  2. The forestry association must enable a significant improvement in management according to the size, location and context of all closed plots,
  3. The articles of association or partnership agreement must contain provisions concerning:
    • The task
    • The financing of the task
    • The right and duty of the forestry association to monitor the performance of the task
    • Administrative measures or contractual penalties in the event of culpable breach of essential membership obligations
    • the obligation of the members to have the timber intended for sale offered for sale in whole or in part by the forestry association, provided that its task is to sell the timber
  4. If the forestry association chooses the legal form of a cooperative or an association with legal capacity with an economic operation, the articles of association must continue to contain the following points:
    • the conditions for acquiring and losing membership, whereby membership can be terminated at the earliest at the end of the third full financial year and the notice period must be at least one year
    • the institutions, their tasks and the way in which decisions are taken. It must be stipulated that resolutions on the type and scope of the forestry measures to be carried out as well as on common sales rules, unless the Board of Directors is entitled to pass a resolution under the statutes, must be passed by the General Assembly or General Assembly and require a majority of two-thirds of the votes.
  5. Where the legal form of a capital company is chosen, it must be ensured that the members jointly pursue the tasks of the community for at least three full financial years.
  6. It shall comprise at least seven members.
  7. It must maintain substantial competition on the timber market.

Which documents are required?

  • Informal application
  • Statute
  • Description of the size of the area to be farmed
  • Invitation and minutes of foundation
  • List of members

What are the fees?

Fee: 130,00 - 320,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
For the recognition depending on the time required

Fee: 130,00 - 320,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
For the award depending on the time required

Fee: 130,00 - 1100,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
For the revocation of recognition depending on the time required

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?


Processing duration

The processing time is usually
2 to 3 weeks.

Processing Time: 2 - 3 Weeks

Applications / forms

You can submit the application for recognition informally by e-mail or by post to the competent authority.

Personal appearance required: No


An action against the decision may be filed with the Administrative Court of Hanover within one month of notification, either in writing, for the record of the clerk of the registry of this court or in accordance with the Lower Saxony Ordinance on Electronic Legal Transactions in the Judiciary (Nds. ERVVO-Justiz) in the currently valid version by submitting electronic documents.

Hanover Administrative Court

Lower Saxony Ordinance on Electronic Legal Transactions in the Judiciary (Nds. ERVVO-Justiz)

What else should I know?

Where the Forstbetriebsgemeinschaft is a member of Community forests, it may also be recognised as such if it has fewer than seven members.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)