The eastern Hochsauerland, with the towns of Winterberg, Hallenberg and Medebach, is characterised by the highest mountains of the Rothaargebirge. Forestry, agriculture and industry are important economic sectors alongside tourism. The dying of the spruce plantations has frightening effects and poses new challenges on the future of forestry. Many species find new habitats on the cleared areas. Hopefully, nature will be given a new chance here.