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Great parts of our landscape are shaped by the Thuringian Forest. About 43 % of the area in our administrative district is used by the forestry. Our main objective is preserving the forests and developing them in conformity with the objectives of nature conservation. For this reason, our forest sanctuaries are of special importance to the habitat and species conservation.
The typical mountain ranges of the Thuringian Forest consist of shell limestone and keuper. The two mountains called "Großer Beerberg" (983 m above sea level) and "Schneekopf" (978 m above sea level) are the two highest elevations in the Ilm district and the whole Thuringian Forest.