Project Herzfelde

Forest adapation of old pine-dominated stands to a mixed forest rich in structure and species

 143 ha in Brandenburg
17,361 t CO₂
Duration:  2022 - 2052

Project Description and Activities

Gut Herzfelde is part of the Uckermark Lake District and is surrounded by the Dolgenseekette nature reserve. On the project area, 143 ha of old pine stands are being converted into mixed stands rich in deciduous trees.

Planting and sowing site-appropriate mixed tree species such as hornbeam, small-leaved lime, sycamore and Norway maple, bird cherry, and Douglas fir will create a structurally diverse mixed forest. These activities will make the forest more resistant to the consequences of climate change, such as storms, drought, and beetle infestation.

Project activities

Promotion of natural rejuvenation
Seeding and planting of >15 species
Promotion of the habitat of rare animal species like the black stork
Hunting or fencing adapted to silviculture

Impressions of the project

Why we need forest adaptation

Forest fires

Wind plays a decisive role in the development of forest fires. In row-planted monocultures, the wind can easily push the fire through the stand, which leads to a faster spread of forest fires.


Forest areas with many tall and thin trees are more susceptible to storm damage (so-called windthrow). If, in addition, most of the trees in a section of forest are the same height, storms can lead to the loss of entire forest sections.

Impact of the project

Species distribution at project start

Number of main tree species

from 2 to 9
350 %

Biodiversity Index

from 0.23 to 0.85
270 %

The future main tree species

Red Oak
Douglas Fir
Coastal Fir
N. Maple
Littleleaf Lime

Contribution to the UN SDGs

Good Health and Well-Being
Quality Education
Clean Water and Sanitation
Responsible Consumption and Production
Climate Action
Life on Land

The Project Team

Lorenz von Schintling-Horny

has been (together with his wife Christina) actively involved in forest adaptation for over 20 years and they have been able to create valuable habitats for rare species such as the kingfisher and the black stork.

Pina Earth

is overseeing the project from the quantification and certification side. This includes, for example, the simulation of the development of the forest over the next 30 years. Find out more here.

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