Heide Nationaal Park Hoge Kempen

Management

The Agency for Nature and Forestry (ANB), a department of the Flemish Government is responsible for the management of the ‘Hoge Kempen’ National Park.

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The Agency aims for a self-regulating ecosystem, as close to the natural situation as possible, but without losing the cultural values of the West-European heather. This means that , when necessary, too old heather will be mowed, heather overgrown by grasses will be turfed and in certain locations, trees will be chopped down. These drastic interferences are spread in time and space, and thus a huge variety in biotopes for both man and nature will develop.

The surrounding forests are maintained through periodical thinning and by pest species control (e.g. wild black cherry and northern red oak) the ANB aims to make the area more natural.

By creating open areas and increasing the variety of tree species, more light will enter the dark pine forests and they will become more pleasant for tourists and for nature itself.

 
For more information on management, please contact:
Agency for Nature and Forestry - Limburg
Koningin Astridlaan 50 bus 5, 3500 Hasselt
T: +32 (0) 11 74 24 50
E: nationaalparkhogekempen.anb@vlaanderen.be, www.natuurenbos.be