The forest also produces timber for a host of craft and agricultural activities. Oaks, beech and fruit trees are used for furniture. At the edge of the forests, clog makers are busy and woodworkers make kitchen utensils and tools. Winegrowers use large quantities of young oak trees as stakes for their vineyards, while coopers make barrel staves. From the fisherman’s boat to the cart or the schlitte, wood is also used as a material for various means of transportation.
Do the weekend mushroom pickers remember that they are carrying on a thousand-year-old picking activity ? If nowadays, gathering in the forest is more of an outdoor leisure activity, it used to provide an appreciable food supplement of wild fruits: apples, cherries, nuts, hazelnuts or chestnuts. The undergrowth provides mushrooms and wild berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries). What would regional gastronomy be without blueberry pie, brandies or cranberries? The forest is also the usual setting for hunters and poachers! The forest also welcomed the herds in search of fodder. For lack of sufficient meadows, the farmers sent their herds there, including pigs in autumn for the montanera period (when ripen acorns fall from the trees).