Of the approx. 321,250 hill moors in Germany, only 8% are intact hill moors. Intact hill moors in Germany are left untouched as these are under conservation. Peat extraction areas usually originate from agricultural use and have therefore laid dry for a long time. In Germany peat extraction only occurs on an area of 12,000 ha which corresponds to 4% of the hill moor area and under 1% of the total hill and low moor areas. Peat extraction is also not permitted on low moors.