Project Wendland

Conversion of pine-dominated stands into a climate-resilient mixed forest

 165 ha in Lower-Saxony
16,931 t CO₂
Duration:  2023 - 2053

Project Description and Activities

The aim of the Wendland forest conversion project is to gradually convert a pure pine stand covering a total of 165 hectares into structurally rich mixed stands. By thinning out the old stands, selectively planting climate-resilient tree species and using natural rejuvenation, structurally rich new tree layers are being established under the protection of a sparse pine canopy.

The newly introduced site-appropriate tree species include red oak, sand birch, chestnut, English oak, lime, Douglas fir, and coastal fir.

Project activities

Promotion of natural rejuvenation
Introducing new tree species
Improved wildlife management
Mixture regulation

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 1 to 9
800 %

Biodiversity Index

from 0.01 to 0.77
7,600 %

The future main tree species

Red Oak
White Fir
Coastal Fir
Douglas Fir

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

Wiebke Krenzel-Burkhardt

Wiebke Krenzel-Burkhardt

is a district manager at Gräflich Bernstorff'sche Betriebe and, together with Mr. Ulrich von Mirbach, in charge of the forest adaptation project with Pina Earth.

Pina Earth

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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