Besides purchasing land for conservation and habitats restoration, we started the reintroduction program of missing mammal key species, such as beaver (Castor fiber), in order to accelerate re-wilding processes in the Leaota area.
In the middle of March, we started to improve habitat conditions for the reintroduction of beavers by planting over 200 willow stems along the riversides on Tinișoarele Valley – Stoenești Commune. Willows provide food and building materials to beavers. We used stems of native willow species such as White Willow (Salix alba), Goat Willow (Salix caprea), and Crack Willow (Salix fragilis) harvested from the village area.
The Eurasian beaver will have an important role in enriching the biodiversity of river ecosystems in Leaota, regulate water flow, and create a more humid and cooler environment for other species, including invertebrates, fish, reptiles and amphibians. Insectivorous birds forage on deadwood created by beaver feeding on the stems and bark of trees and shrubs. Leaota Mountains are still an almost intact ecosystem when it comes to species composition. In fact, from the original mammal population, only the European bison (Bison bonasus) and the beaver (Castor fiber) are missing. Our initiative will try to bring these two species back to complete the ecosystem again.