Biosphere Reserve Administration


The Biosphere Reserve Administration is under the responsibility of the Office for Major Nature Reserves of the Sachsenforst public enterprise under the Ministry of the Environment and Regional Development of the State of Saxony.

Ministry of the Environment and Regional Development of the State of Saxony

Sachsenforst Public Enterprise

Office for Major Nature Reserves of the Sachsenforst Public Enterprise




Management of the Biosphere Reserve Administration
Director: Torsten Roch
Deputy Director: Jan Priegnitz

Administrative Office
Director: Gabriele Schnabel
Accounting/HR/Filing: Manuela Nowotny
Administration/Marketing: Susann Werner, Heike Pietschmann

PR/Customer Service Department
Media and Public Relations, Ombudsman: Susanne Bärisch

Park Ranger Service
Director of Rangers & West Zone Rangers: Herbert Schnabel
Central Zone Rangers: Maik Rogel, Mario Trampenau
East Zone Rangers: Birgitt Kieschnick, Peter Ulbrich

Area Development Department
The purpose of the area development department is to provide expert support for cooperation between humans and nature in the biosphere reserve.
With its areas of concern encompassing species and biotope protection, biotope preservation, environmentally friendly agriculture, aquatic ecosystems, environmentally friendly fish farming, human settlement ecology and integrating the numerous projects implemented in these areas under project monitoring, this department handles both specific nature reserve issues and general development issues.

The department’s area of responsibility includes both intensive support and consultation for land users and inhabitants on environmentally friendly usage as well as planning, in particular, specialised nature reserve planning and development planning, such as tourism, settlement development and traffic designs for the entire area, as well as their oversight and implementation.

Organising institution of Education for sustainable development Fördervereins für die Natur der Oberlausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaft e.V.

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