Rudolf Plochmann is the forest manager for an extensive part of Bavarian forest near lake Starnberg, south of Munich, in the region of Bad Tölz. We spoke to him about various topics, such as the sustainable management of a forest, the particular qualities of wood, who this is distributed to and the essence of the forest's atmosphere.
It was a warm summer morning in August, when we met Rudolph Plochmann near Bad Tölz, amidst the vast Bavarian forest he is responsible for. This spans across 45,000 hectares - from the Karwendel, along parts of the Wetterstein mountain range and the Ester mountains, along the Isarwinkel to lake Starnberg.
We set off early in the morning and noticed we were already following Rudolf Plochmann, when we spotted a lonesome pickup on the road in front of us. After following him into the forest, we began our conversation and recordings on a beautiful clearing among tall trees and low vegetation. He explained many processes to us, such as sustainable, contemporary forest management or the distribution of the highest quality woods, harvested in the forest. Furthermore, he spoke to us about different tree species, their interdependence and importance to combat rising climate extremes and his passion for his profession, including the atmosphere of the forest and the many different aspects he takes care of. To us, it was extremely interesting to speak to Rudolf Plochmann, with a southern German perspective, after speaking to Francisco Dias about harvesting cork and how Portuguese forests have to deal with rising temperatures.
Returning to our PIONIRA philosophy of a holistic approach, it was also extremely important to us to find out in this conversation: what are the qualities of wood as a raw material? How can we create awareness for its use again today, especially as architects?