That's the equivilant of 42,000 soccer fields

By Erika Owen
Updated: January 24, 2017
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Soon, some of Germany's previous no-go zones will become home to some of the region's threatened species. Germany's Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks recently announced that 76,600 acres of natural landscape is being added to the European Green Belt. This single contribution will add to Germany's existing total nature preserves by a quarter. 

Parts of the new wildlife areas will be open to the public, while others will remained closed off to preserve the environment. Species visitors can expect to see include bats, woodpeckers, eagles, and beetles. While Germany's wildlife is naturally benefiting from this transition, the country's military is also reducing its carbon footprint. Germany's new contribution is only a small part of the European Green Belt, which runs through 24 countries and 40 national parks.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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