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saving the oaks of the
BREITE-plateau

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The Breite Reserve is the most representative and well-preserved wood-pastures with old  oak trees in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Breite  is a cultural landscape that carries the signs of the local Transylvanian Saxon culture over eight centuries. It has been used by the local communities for centuries, as pastureland and for pannage, but also as a source of wood and yes, even as a place for recreation.

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the problem

a) 

The Breite plateau as a pasture is increasingly abandoned, which results in increased growth of young hornbeam seedlings. These can cover and supress and kill the old oak trees.  The competing vegetation must be removed and controlled grazing must be introduced to supress the growing hornbeam seedlings. 

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b)

In the XXth century the soil of the plateau was drained damaging the old trees, the surrounding vegetation. This loss of water has also worsened the conditions of the young oak seedlings - the natural regeneration.

how we are going to help

 

 1. 

removing the competing vegetation - clearcutting the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) saplings

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2.

planting of young oak (Quercus robur) seedlings grown from acorns of the old trees of the Breite-plateau and protecting them with grazing rezistant cages

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GO GET FUNDING

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