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  • Internationaler Naturpark Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen
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    Internationaler Naturpark Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen

    The Internationaler Naturpark Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen (engl. Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen International Nature Park) is a nature reserve in the west of the German state Lower Saxony as well as in the North-East of the Netherlands. Mostly this nature reserve is spread out over the German counties Emsland, Grafschaft Bentheim and the Dutch province Drenthe. The landscape within the nature park is formed by big peat areas, heather, small lakes and a very low population density.

    The Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen International Nature Park was founded on June 1, 2006. The German part of this nature reserve has a size of around 140 km2 (54 sq mi). Originally the German part called Bourtanger Moor had a size of 3,000 km2 (1,200 sq mi) and shows that nowadays the remaining part covers just a small area of its former dimension.

    The nature reserve is the home of several special plants like Common Cottongrass and Drosera and endangered animals like the viviparous lizard, Grass Snake, Short-eared Owl and European Nightjar can be found in this reserve.

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Twist is a municipality in the Emsland district, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated directly at the Dutch border.

Twist is a municipality in the Emsland district, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated directly at the Dutch border.

The origin of the name of the municipality Twist has nothing to do with the dance style of the same title. Due to a long disagreement with the Dutch Kingdom about the way the border between both countries should take it was commom language use to speak about "Twistrich" or "Twist Gebiet" (Twist area). In Low German "Twistrich" or "Twist Gebiet" has a meaning similar to "disputed border". This language was the official language at that time and is still partly in usage.

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More about the History of Twist (Emsland)

The settlement in the area of the nowadays municipality Twist began quit late around the year 1784. The prince-bishop of Münster Max Franz satisfied the wishes of some "Heuerleute", a kind of farmers, from the close by village Hesepe to settle down in the bog "Twist". This was the starting point of the settlement in Twist, to be more precise it starts at the street of houses what is called "Alt-Hesepertwist" nowadays. The ground was at that time because of its composition of the substances quite infertile and did just allow a meager livelihood and the people did not live in comfort. The construction of the canal "Nord-Süd-Kanal" around 100 years later brought significant improvements in the quality of life of the people, because the canal did allow a systematic drainage and removement of the peat.

In the 1950s finally came the economically revival on the one hand by finding bigger oil reservoirs and on the other hand by commissioning of the production site of the Dutch plastics company Wavin. These two factors were over some decades the driving forces for the economical rise of Twist.

In the 1990s these two columns of the Twist economy came more and more into difficulties and many people lost their jobs. With finishing the autobahn 31 at the end of the 1990s this negativ development could be stopped by settlling down new companies especially in the industrial area close to the autobahn.

In August/September 2011 Twist celebrates its 225. anniversary. The 10 days lasting festival did start with a "Twist-Schau" (Twist Show). This show was performed like a play in Low German language and telling the history of Twist in a humorous way, with its good old times, but also the very hard living conditions of the first settlers, the lost of loved family members during WWII and the upcoming prosperity by the fast economical rise for the last 60 years that offers people of about 30 different nations a new home in Twist. One of the following days of the festival was themed as "Tag der Vereine" (Day of the Associations) and presenting all sportive, cultural and welfare associations in Twist. It was showing the wide spread activity range for spare time and hobby. Another motto of one of the festival days was "Twist macht Musik" (Twist plays music) where all choruses in Twist were performing their songs and left a very impressed audience. Part of the festival were also concerts of Queen and Pink Floyd cover bands. The festival finally ends by presenting a pageant with respect to historical and present developments in Twist.

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Twist is a municipality in the Emsland district, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated directly at the Dutch border.

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