Taking into account native species and nature conservation, our final harvest forests are regenerated with an increasing percentage (47%) of native poplar target stands and (46%) conifers. Meanwhile, black locust and hybrid poplar stands have been somewhat reduced. Natural regeneration (under 30%) occurs by sprouting and artificial reforestation is carried out after complete soil preparation. When carrying out artificial reforestation in protected natural areas, more environmentally-friendly methods have been applied jointly by our company and the Kiskunság National Park Directorate.
Our average final annual harvest area is around 320-350 hectares, while we also carry out thinning on some 125 hectares, and 350 hectares are cleaned. Annual fellings come to about 60-70 thousand cubic meters. 30-35 percent of the lumber is log and short sawlog and 65-70 percent is assorted stacked wood (pulpwood, roundwood for boards, firewood) and other industrial wood (pole, column, vine pole). Logs are partly utilized or sold by the pallet factory “ÖKOPAL”, while short sawlogs are processed in our own sawmill. Pulpwood and riddle are exported or sold to our contract partners within Hungary and most of the firewood and other industrial wood is purchased by local residents.
The sawmill and pallet factory of our company annually produce
14 500m3 of edged boards (mainly pallet elements) from 28 000m3 of logs. The capacity of the nailing factory is 280 000 pallets, most of which are EUR pallets.
The hunting area of Bugac Forestry Management Unit is 8 394 ha.
The fallow deer population is significant, with excellent trophy quality individuals in large game areas. The roe population is also significant, but of middle trophy quality. The wild boar population and the continuously increasing number of red deer are significant, as well. Additionally, agricultural areas provide natural habitat for small game populations.
Education, social welfare
Guests are welcome at two guest houses, which have retained the typical style of the “Bugac puszta”: the exclusive Hunting Lodge Pension, renovated in 2004, and the Bucka Guest House, next to the forest. The renovated exhibition at the Great Plain’s Afforestation Museum shows historical documents and relics of the afforestation of the Great Plain. The Education Cabinet, opposite the Bucka Guest House, is adequate for smaller conferences, training programmes, family and official programmes.