Netherlands Thorn embankment - ooibossen

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Gert Lucas

About this spot
The Maas is an impressive rain river and forms the Belgian-Dutch border from Maastricht to Kessenich for 40 km. The RivierPark has a varied landscape with a maze of old river arms, levees, stream channels, gravel banks… followed by a few well-defined residential areas. It is an area with its own face and with some monumental historical places

The forests that arise spontaneously along the banks of the Meuse and the Maasplassen are floodplain forests. Willows and black poplars are adapted to a life near the water. They tolerate being under water for extended periods of time and their seeds spread easily through the wind and water. Here, at the Kessenichplas, such a softwood riparian forest was created within a few years after the gravelling. There is a chance that oaks will germinate naturally in drier places and that a hardwood riparian forest will arise again along the Maas.

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