ALDER CORRIDOR CONSERVATION IN LEAOTA MOUNTAINS

Alder corridors with grey alder (Alnus incana) are found along the main water streams, usually at the boundaries of Wildland’s forests. Typcially, German Tamarisk (Myricaria germanica) is abundant on the gravels of the mountain brooks. Both riparian habitats are protected on a European level by the EU Habitats Directive.

Inventory, evaluation of the conservation status, and mapping of the riparian habitats, followed eventually by restoration of the degraded areas, are important activities of the management plan for Leaota area.

During this summer, FCC’s staff identified many previously degraded areas especially on Valea Bădenilor, where Alder regenerated well after the purchase of the forests through Wildland approximately 6 years ago and the consequent stop of logging.

The riparian Alder corridors play an important ecologic role manly for in soil conservation, but also for habitat diversity, and the influence on fauna and aquatic ecosystems, including grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, or even non-vegetative areas. Thus, their protection and restoration are fundamental.

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