The Flemish forest decree of 13 June 1990 is the result of 15 years intensive discussions and scrutiny by several concerned parties. The first draft was mainly the work of a small forestry group, consisting of members of the forest administration and the university. Afterwards this first draft has been thoroughly scrutinized by different pressure groups: private forest owners, local authorities, agricultural sector, nature conservation, rural planning and politicians. Finally a decree, that can be considered as a compromise, has been approved. In this decree the basic features of the first draft are still present but the influence of the pressure groups is manifest, especially from the nature conservationists and the agricultural lobby. Some articles are also rather confuse, because of controversy between the pressure groups.