Since 1. February the forestry department of the office for food, agriculture and forestry (AELF) kulmbach is under new management. The forestry office in stadtsteinach is responsible for all questions relating to forests in the kulmbach and kronach counties.
The previous head, forestry director dirk luder, who will move to the AELF tirschenreuth after two years in stadtsteinach, will be succeeded by forestry director michael schmidt. A few days ago, state minister michaela kaniber appointed the 41-year-old as the new head of the forestry department.
For schmidt, who grew up in stadtsteinach, this is the fulfillment of a long-standing wish. "After many years in munich, i am very happy to return to my home in upper franconia and to take on responsibility here." He comes from a long-established family of foresters in the frankenwald: his father worked as a forest ranger in the stadtsteinach area for many decades. The great-grandfather was active in the northeastern district of kronach.
The forestry department of the AELF kulmbach has about 65 employees. They serve thousands of private forest owners and many communities in both counties. In addition, the department is also responsible for forest nature conservation, forest pedagogy and the enforcement of the forest law. Supervision of the state forest is also one of his tasks. Important contact persons are the forest rangers, who are distributed over both counties. "In the next few weeks, I will try to get to know as many stakeholders and decision-makers as possible and establish intensive contact. My diary is already full. It is important for me to arrive quickly", so schmidt.
Schmidt spent the last two years working in the bavarian state chancellery in munich. Before that, he held various positions in the ministry of agriculture over a period of five years, advising the political leadership in particular. Schmidt completed his doctorate at the technical university of munich in the field of adhesives research. His work has been awarded two science prizes and has also found its way into practice