Healing Clear Cuts - Inspired Challenge

Healing Clear Cuts - Inspired Challenge

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Beautiful ancient forests have been clear-cut, often illegally. Now it's time to start healing the wounds inflicted on this ecosystem.

The main goal of this project in the Southern Carpathians is to help restore areas that have been clear-cut and now face the danger of erosion. These areas will also serve as buffer zones for the remaining old growth forest, a very important function.

You will only receive your photo when the trees are planted in fall. Read the full story below.

Our aim is to bring this project to life for you to enjoy while ensuring the ultimate level of transparency. As such, for your contribution you will receive:

🌲 A unique photo for every tree you plant

🗺️ The GPS coordinates each tree

🌐 A seasonal 360° photo of the project

📹 Regular updates on the development of the project

All trees will be planted in the planting season of 2018/2019 o ensure we plant in the ideal weather conditions.

Under Threat

The Carpathian Mountains in Romania have some of the most pristine forests remaining in Europe. 

These old forests are a treasure of biodiversity and a shared heritage but they are still being logged, often illegally.

Time to act

Although there is rising awareness about the dramatic situation of some of the last old-growth forest in Europe, action needs to be taken now, as logging continues to destroy these precious areas.

This means protecting the old growth as well as reforesting clear cut areas to avoid erosion.

Some background...

One of the reasons this area remained untouched for so long and is as pristine as it is today, lies in Eastern Europe’s communist history.

Romania before 1989

Following World War II, large campaigns of nationalization of forest completely changed forest structures in Romania. By 1989 and the end of the Communist regime, all the Romanian forests were State-owned. The nationalisation process came together with an increase in infrastructures such as logging roads. In a lot of areas, tree cover changed from mostly deciduous trees to the fast-growing Norway Spruce to increase yield of wood in the future. 
 
Meanwhile, the amount of wildlife surged, mostly because of strictly enforced anti-poaching laws and the release of animals such as the brown bear. It is said that the former dictator Ceaușescu being a terrible hunter is the reason for the exceptionally high number of bears in the area. Unable to hit the target his aides set up a programme to increase bear population so that he could shoot one. Today, we can still see the result on the ground of this increase in wildlife populations.

Following the end of the Cold War in 1989

A collapse in the Romanian economy slowed down timber harvests and had positive effect on ecosystems. However, after a decade or so, forest exploitation resumed more intensely than ever before. Forests that were nationalised before 1989 were largely restituted. Newly privatised and communal forests have been clear cut at an alarming rate and the democratization of hunting has caused dramatic decline in wildlife. 

Taking action

Restitution, while being mostly detrimental for forests is also an opportunity to purchase land. FCC has bought over 20 000 Ha of forest to give it strict protection and prevent any damaging activity on the area. This old-growth forest is especially precious and unique in Europe. 

Mossy Earth and FCC have set up a partnership to allow you to plant trees in clear cut areas.

Meet some of the locals!

Red Deer - Cervus elaphus
Brown Bear - Ursus arctos
Alpine Longicorn - Rosalia alpina
Chamois - Rupicapra rupicapra
Wolf - Canis lupus
Lynx - Lynx lynx