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History of Foundation of PROSILVA Europe 1989

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PROSILVA was founded at Robanov Kot, Savinja valley, Slovenia, September 22th 1989.

From  the 1960s to the 1980s there was regular meetings, more or less informal, of the perialpine Chairs of Silviculture from Universities advocating Close-to-Nature ideas (Ljubljana, Munich, Zürich and sometimes Nancy) discussing ways of implementing this form of forest management inspired from virgin forest dynamics.

Also during this time a group of forest practitioners ANW, in the wake of Alfred Möllers’s movement, supported the implementation of Continuous Close-to-Nature Forest management.

The idea of Prof Dušan Mlinšek, recent past president of the IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) was to merge both groups and expand it to welcome all Europeans foresters convinced of these ideas. So in 1989 Prof Mlinšekinvited, conjointly with Hilmar Schoepffer and Brice de Turckheim, leaders in this field at the time (see list of the founding members below) to Slovenia,  to constitute a corresponding European movement.

Professor Dušan Mlinšek - Spiritus mentor for the foundation of PROSILVA Europe

Professor Dušan Mlinšek – Spiritus mentor for the foundation of PROSILVA Europe

On September 22 1989, after an excursion in the forest of the Savinja Valley the group gathered in a remote farmhouse (see picture) and established our association, named PROSILVA. The firstPresident elected unanimously was Brice de Turckheim (France).

Foundation place of PROSILVA Europe, the farmhouse at Robanov Kot, Savinja valley, Slovenia

Foundation place of PROSILVA Europe, the farmhouse at Robanov Kot, Savinja valley, Slovenia

Founding Members:
Heinrich Reininger (Austria)
Josef Spörk (Austria)
Peter Roskams (Belgium)
Marcel van Miegroet (Belgium)
Stefan Korpeł (Slovakia)
François Bessières (France)
Michel Hubert (France)
Maurice Lorne (France)
Brice de Turckheim (France)
Franz Bauer (Germany)

Willi Gayler (Germany)
Rudolf Gerbaulet (Germany)
Bernd Leichthammer (Germany)
Hans-Jürgen Otto (Germany)
Hilmar Schoepffer (Germany)
Franz Straubinger (Germany)
Sebastian von Rotenhan (Germany)
Martin Weltecke (Germany)
Hermann Wobst (Germany)
Spiros Dafis (Greece)
Pavlos Smiris (Greece)
Bela Varga (Hungaria)
Helge Frivold (Norway)
Andre Tomas Eid (Norway)
Louis-André Favre (Switzerland)
Jean-Philippe Schütz (Switzerland)
Hubert Dolinśek (Slovenia)
Željko Kramarić (Croatia)
Dušan Mlinšek (Slovenia)
Janez Pogačnik (Slovenia)
Branko Prpić (Croatia)
Maks Sušek (Slovenia)

Chair PROSILVA Europe:
Brice de Turckheim (France) 1989-1993
Jaap Kuper (The Netherland) 1993-1997
Hans-Jürgen Otto (Germany) 1997-2000
Thomas Harttung (Denmark) 2000-2005
Jean-Philippe Schütz (Switzerland) 2005-

International Congress:
Besançon 1993
Apeldoorn 1997
Hannover 2000
Freudenstadt 2008
Logarska Dolina, Slovenia 2009
Arnhem, Netherlands 2010
Austria, 2011
France, 2012

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