The largest remaining old growth forests in Europe are in Romania. …and they’re at risk!
In many ways, Romania offers us a fascinating insight of what the Scottish Highlands once looked like; mountains and hillsides for as far as you can see covered in forests of pine, alder, larch, juniper and all of the wildlife that still thrives within this rich ecosystem.
…exactly the landscape we’d like to see restored across the whole of the Highlands, and exactly what we are working towards on the Wildland estates where we are giving nature a chance to regenerate itself as naturally and across as realistic timescales as is possible.
However, conversely, the Scottish Highlands also provides Romania with ample warning of what could happen if logging there is allowed to continue without any parallel focus towards conservation, the creation of designated areas – National Parks – or appropriate regulation.
It’s a conundrum that is especially fascinating for us, because as well as its extensive holdings in Scotland, Wildland has now acquired land in Romania too and very much wants to participate in a conservation project there that is as ambitious as any underway anywhere else in the world at this point in time.
Over the past ten years, Foundation Conservation Carpathia has already acquired over 21,000 hectares of forests and Alpine meadows; 8000 hectares of which are already designated as non-intervention zones and a further 1000 hectares of ancient old growth forest have already been introduced into the National Catalogue and are protected in perpetuity.
The dream is to create a National Park in Europe the equivalent of Yellowstone or Yosemite in the United States. …with the same level of contribution to local communities and the local economy as has now been experienced for over 100 years over there.
So, Wildland was delighted to be given the opportunity to contribute towards the funding of two new publications for promoting and detailing FCC’s work and are proud to see our new branding imposed on this new literature.
For more information about the Foundation Conservation Carpathia project, click here.