During the 1980s and 1990s, private forest owners in the Allgäu region of southern Germany began to mobilize an increasing amount of wood. Until then, only 40 to 50% of annual forest growth was used. However, with the greater use of wood, an inconvenience was generated, the treetops were not used, generating a forest residue that accumulated in the forest and was eliminated by controlled burning. This situation eventually led to the construction of the first wood chip plant in Allgäu and the establishment of the first logistic wood chip chain.
This allowed the natural regeneration of the forest and the continuous supply of chips of wood for district heatings in the area (for example, Sonthofen, Immenstadt, Buchenberg and Scheidegg). This is a successful example of the valuation of a resource that was previously treated as a waste, offering forest owners an additional income of 2-6 € / m3.