Budapest Forestry Company

MH Budapest Forest and Game Management and Agriculture Company the legal predecessor of Budapest Forestry Company was established in 1965 by Minister of Defence (HM: abbreviation of the Hungarian phrases of Ministry of Defence). The purpose of the establishment was to harmonise the national defence interests with the trade expectations of forest management and game management. In addition, they wanted to complete forest and game management at high level and economically with consideration of meeting the demands of the Hungarian Army.

 

Budapest Forestry Share Company has approximately 37,400 ha for farming. The major part of this area is used for military purposes, mainly for shooting exercises.

 

Approximately 32,000 ha is forest having been established and maintained according to the various plans. The tree stands can be found in various regions in the country, having different natural sources. Therefore the tree stands are also very variable depending on the conditions typical in the cultivation locations. Military exercises are carried out at locations with natural sources of lower quality. Wood productive possibilities of the forests in these regions are generally poor. 

 

The forests have various types of trees and the tree compositions are variable in the various forests. The Company has acacia forests typical in sandy soil in the Great Plain and beeches in the mountains. But the most frequently occurring tree stand is Turkey oak and oak typical in relatively dry and hilly area.

 

The total tree stand in the forests of Budapest Forestry Share Company is over 4.2 million m3. The mean timber volume in one hectare is 159 m3 which is lower than the national average.

 

Due to the purposes of the national defence the forests are located dispersedly in the northern part of the country. The tasks in connection with the forest management and treatment are implemented by our company through our forestry units being directed by the Centre in Budapest. The central forestry unit is responsible for the small, dispersedly located forests while the five big county forestry directorates implement the management activities in the big forests.