The forest of Haguenau in the Bas-Rhin extends north of Strasbourg over 13,400 hectares (33,100 acres). This magnificent expanse of forest is famous for the quality of its oak, but also for its Scots pine.
The second largest forest in France, Fontainebleau, covers 20,000 hectares (49,400 acres) south of Paris. In this hunting preserve of the kings of France Bourbons succeeded Capetians and Valois, before Napoleon bid it a fond farewell.
Former ducal forests of Bois Dieu, Bois Devant, Sury, Barnon, Montas and Lacs de Ligny once depended on the Châtellenie of Montenoison, belonging to the Count then to the Dukes of Nevers for centuries. Those forests are now private forests.