The Aube forests contain significant wood resources, used for both construction and industry, with 440,000 jobs that are directly or indirectly connected to the wood industry and represent a diverse set of skills.
The afforestation in Aube, Côte-d'Or and Haute-Marne represents 1 275,000 ha. The afforestation rate in Burgundy Franche-Comté is 31 %, slightly upper to the rate of afforestation of France (29 %).
68% of the Burgundy forest is owned by private owners, and the rest is composed of public, state-owned and communal forests.
A diversity of wood species
The wood resources around Brugère are rich and diversified. They vary between the northern and southern parts of the region, depending on the climatic, geological and pedological (soil) characteristics of each territory. The region is home to 6 to 8 different species of trees, many more than the national average. Hardwoods dominate in the neighboring forests : they represent 85% of forest resources (the national average being 64%). Oak is the most common species, followed by beech, hornbeam, ash and maple. The Aube Valley (along with the Marne Valley) also has the most poplar groves. As for softwood species, the Scotch pine is in 2nd place in the Aube forests.
The wood industry : constant value creation