Chainsaws & Tree Huggers in the Land of Fairy Tales; National Geographic Society

Romania – Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

Sacred forest

“If you want a confession, I found God and His creation, pure nature, in the old growth forest. And at that moment I decided I had to do everything possible to protect it so my children could see it for real, not just in books and museums.”

Radu Vlad, Forest & Regional Project Co-ordinator for WWF’s Danube-Carpathian Programme, cuts an imposing figure, unmistakably a man of the Transylvanian forests he’s been campaigning to protect for over a decade. Those in the ancient county of Maramureș are particularly special to him because they contain much of Europe’s last remaining old growth forests.

“We can burn all the books and discover the real forest ecosystem here. It’s a living laboratory. Everything in balance in a natural community.”

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