The Romanian National Forest Administration – Romsilva identified approximately 3,840 ha of virgin and semi-virgin forests January through June this year, which could be listed in the National Catalogue of Virgin and Semi-virgin Forests, the institution informed in a release to AGERPRES on Thursday.
According to the centralized data, 2,996.38 ha of the total that has been reported are covered with virgin forests and 844.08 ha are covered with semi-virgin forests.
Thus, the largest surface of virgin forests has been discovered in the Arpatu Forest District, Sibiu County, covering 1,757.71 ha. The second in size is the Strambu Baiusi Forest District in Maramures County, with 1,063 ha, and the third is the Tarnita Forest District in Mehedinti County, with 175.67 ha.
At the same time, the largest surface covered with semi-virgin forests (633.21 ha) has been located in the Maramures County, belonging to the Grosii Tiblesului, Mara and Strambu Baiusi Forest Districts. Moreover, other 58.33 ha of sem-virgin forests were discovered in the Berzeasca Forest District in Caras-Severin County, and 87.41 ha in the Hunedoara County (Geoagiu Forest District) and 65.13 ha in the Neamtu County (Pipirig Forest District).
The first 9,983 ha of virgin and semi-virgin forests, which were part of the public property of the state, were already identified by Romsilva last year, and they were included in the National Catalogue of Virgin and Semi-virgin Forests.
Recently, the National Forest Administration – Romsilva, the Ministry of Waters and Forests, together with the organizations WWF Romania and Greenpeace Romania have managed to list 24,679.4 ha of virgin and centuries old beech forests in the World Natural Heritage UNESCO, with 24,341.3 ha of these forests belonging to the state and being taken care by Romsilva.
The seven sites managed by Romsilva are located in the Domogled-Valea Cernei National Park, covering 10,321.7 ha, the Semenic-Cheile Carasului National Park, covering 4,278.3 ha, the Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park, covering 4,294.2 ha, in the Cozia National Park, covering 3,411.1 ha, and other three sites, the centuries old Slatioara Woods, covering 609.8 ha, the Grosii Tiblesului Woods, 346.3 ha, and the Strambu-Baiuti Woods, covering 630 ha. Moreover, the centuries old Sinca Wood, covering 338.1 ha, has also been selected, currently being found in the property of the Sinca Village Hall, Brasov county.
Currently, Romsilva has 3.14 million ha of state-owned forests and 22 national and natural parks in its administration.
According to this authority’s data there are approximately 200,000-300,000 ha of virgin forests in Romania, but the figures needs to be rechecked.