The tasks and challenges of the RU in 2011, a summary of the successes of the last year and the visit at a feasible new research site are among the topics. Others cover the fire that destroyed the reforestation plots, science news about precipitation and nutrient availability, effects of transformations from forests to pastures on soils as well as ?canopy wetlands? as a novel source of methane. The web-based planning tool ?MapViewer? is introduced. News about cooperating partners as well as new people and staff members round off the 11th issue of the TMF-Newsletter.