The spring forestation campaign, organized by Vratchansky Balkan Nature Park Administration started. It is a part of the activities under the project “Conservation and restoration of 11 Natura 2000 riparian and wetland habitats in 10 sites in Bulgarian forests.”
The project is implemented by Executive Forestry Agency and the international conservation organization WWF.
The forestation will cover 23 daa
of the territory of Mezdra State Forestry Enterprise in the land of Zverino village (the so called 51–6 forestry unit). In the autumn of 2011 there was carried out soil preparation (cleaning) as a preliminary action.
The species used for the afforestation are black poplar (Populus nigra) and white willow (Salix alba).
2500 saplings are provided by Poplar Enterprise - Pazardzhik which is a partner in the project. 330 saplings of black alder (Alnus glutinosa) will be planted in the next years. These species are chosen for the restoration of alluvial forests nature habitat (91ЕО).
Nursing of the newly created culture will be made by the end of 2012.
Its aim is to ensure a high percent of survival of the saplings.
This year the afforestation activities coincide with the annual campaign Forest Week which was celebrated in Vratsa at national level.
of the project is to improve the condition of 10 protected areas, managed by the Executive Forestry Agency, by conservation and restoration of 11 habitat types
: Natura 2000 sites Balgarka, Vitosha, Vrachanski Balkan, Zlatni pyasatsi, Persina, Rilski manastir, Lomovete, Sinite kamani, Strandzha and Shumensko plato
• Removal of alien species from total area of 76.5 ha
• Restoration of 80 ha natural habitats by planting local species
• Restoration of 1.4 ha characteristic plant species
• Protection of sensitive habitats by placement of specialized facilities (fences, grates, bridges, tourist spots) over area totaling 240.6 ha with the aim to restrict the human impact
• Cleaning of 97.5 ha
Project partners: EFA, WWF, Nature parks “Balgarka”, “Vitosha”, “Vrachanski Balkan”, “Zlatni pyasatsi”, “Persina”, “Rilski manastir”, “Rusenski Lom”, “Sinite kamani”, “Strandzha”, “Shumensko plato”
Additional information could be found here