Romainia - Mountain Forests

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#11)  Re: Romainia - Mountain Forests

Postby hamadryad » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:57 pm

Thanks Kouta, I would be very interested in some locations next time Im out that way which is almost a certainty!
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#12)  Re: Romainia - Mountain Forests

Postby KoutaR » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:19 am

Note that I have never been to Romania. I have only done some "research" for a possible trip in the future.

Izvoarele Nerei Reserve is located in Semenic - Cheile Caraşului National Park. It is said to be the largest (5012 ha) virgin beech forest in Europe (though Uholka - Shyrokyi Luh Reserve in Ukraine is also said to be the largest with 11 860 ha). The reserve can be visited only on a marked trail called Borlovenii Old Lake Secu. Beeches up to 54 m tall have been claimed to exist in the reserve. There is also a big wych elm (U. glabra) which is claimed to be 43 m tall. I have seen it in a TV document, it is called erraneously Ulmus montana. As this is deciduous forest, a measuring trip would be best to organize in spring or autumn. The park has a website here:
http://www.pnscc.ro
It is only in Romanian, but readable with the Google Translator.

Another 43 m tall wych elm has been reported from Calafat, Dolj.

62.5 m tall Norway spruce has been reported from Gosmanu-Tarcau Reserve. The location can be seen here:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/46474808

62 m tall silver fir (Abies alba) has been reported near the village of Cheia, Prahova County. The only tip for its exact location, I have found on the Internet, is "snappish river valley" translated by Google.

All these trees have probably been measured with tangent method and should be verified with laser or climbing. They would be European records if true.

For a listing of Romanian virgin forests, see:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/14777048/FORE ... ST-EUROPE-
See pages 67-86.

Retezat National Park with 38 047 ha is one of the largest "virgin" areas in southern Europe. It is mostly at higher elevations with coniferous forests and alpine areas; thus, there are perhaps no height records. The park has a website here:
http://retezat.ro/

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#13)  Re: Romainia - Mountain Forests

Postby hamadryad » Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:21 pm

Thanks Kouta, thats a really usefull lead, a good amount of info to use as a base.
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