Supporting Ranger Patrols

To protect the old-growth forests of the Southern Carpathians

Every two months, our members are given the chance to vote for a rewilding project they want to see us carry out at one of our projects. Together with our partners, we select two or three options for high-impact conservation projects that support the rewilding vision for the area.

The first rewilding vote at Mossy Earth

For our first ever rewilding impact project vote, our focus turned to the ancient forests of the Southern Carpathians, where we work with Fundatia Conservation Carpathia (FCC), a local organisation working on the protection of the wild ecosystems. Here, our members were given the choice between installing a pair of camera traps or supporting ranger patrols in the existing old-growth forests of Romania.

A pie chart showing the results to our first ever rewilding vote.
The results to Mossy Earth's first rewilding vote.

Support Ranger Patrols

Regular patrols and having a presence in the mountains really help protect the existing old-growth forests from illegal logging and poaching, as well as building a bridge between the conservation world and local communities. The intervention would help support a variety of expenses that includes salaries, fuel for the vehicles, vehicle repairs, and GPS equipment.

A huge elm tree in one of Romania's remaining old-growth forests.
The regular patrols seek to protect huge Elms like this one.

The Intervention in Action

We returned to the Southern Carpathians the following spring on a tree planting intervention, where we had the chance to spend four days being guided by several of the FCC rangers. They are as passionate as they are knowledgeable about the mountains, and have seen a significant decline in illegal clear-cutting and poaching since they have had a regular presence in the area. The rangers believe that once local communities truly understand the value of preserving nature, which is happening slowly, such regular patrols will not be required.

Our rewilding impact project has helped fund the ongoing expenses for vehicle maintenance and fuel for 2 rangers for 6 months.

Daniel, an FCC ranger, on patrol in the Southern Carpathians in Romania.
Daniel, an FCC ranger, on patrol in the Southern Carpathians in Romania.
FCC ranger on patrol in the Southern Carpathians, Romania.
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the team behind the project

Team Member

Mossy Earth Co-Founders, Duarte & Matt

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Laviniu Terciu, Ranger at FCC

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Daniel Bucur, Ranger at FCC