Fritz Hockenjos Nature Trail
At the moment, the trail consists of 17 stations along a 4 km round through the St. Märgen “Pfisterwald”. The “Fritz-Hockenjos nature trail” demonstrates our Black Forest beauties from the point of view of a highly esteemed and engaged forest ranger.
From 1947 to 1974, Fritz Hockenjos worked as a forest ranger in state, community as well as private forests. He was regarded as a really progressive expert in the field of forest management.
He concentrated on the white pine as the typical Black Forest tree. A special kind of forest cut, initiated by him, helped to preserve the stock of this species for generations to come which is – apart from the beech – the most frequent tree in Black Forest wooded areas.
The real virtues of any responsible forest ranger are: observing patiently, always trying to get to the roots of a problem and finally using one's knowledge for acting systematically. This was Fritz Hockenjos' heritage to following generations of forest rangers.
At the different stations of our nature trail we have written down his theses – some in a provocating manner, others in interrogative form.
Our aim is to make you think about forest matters. We're sure we'll succeed in doing so!
If you are interested in getting further information about forest topics - the Tourist Information Office has a special nature trail manual for you.
The forest office and the St. Märgen local authorities hope you'll enjoy our adventurous and instructive nature trail.
Please turn to the St. Märgen Tourist Information Office. There you can get the “Fritz Hockenjos brochure” containing detailed information on our nature trail.