Location: Chirnogi commune, Călărași county
GPS coordinates: 44.1023436, long.26.6156356
Objective: to create a forest belt for the protection of an access road
Project start: autumn 2017
Area: 9 ha
Area Planted: 8 ha
Species planted: Euro-American poplar (Populus x. Euramericana), oak (Quercus pedunculiflora), ash (Fraxinus excelsior), Siberian elm (Ulmus pumilla), rosehip (Rosa canina), willow (Elaeagnus angustifolia), dogwood (Ligustrum vulgare).
Volunteers involved: 1,880 people
Maturity stage: autumn 2025 (estimated)
Current status: ongoing
Companies: Metrosystems, Carrefour, 1 & 1, TenarisSilcotub, TPA Solutions, Allianz Technology, ESOP Consulting, Pastel, Henkel Romania, ING Bank, Microchip Technology Inc., Coca Cola HBC, Nomenius, Grecu and Associates, Mucca Production & Advertising and Lexis, Rohde & Schwarz , Deutsche Telekom Services, Hartmann, ING Tech, Friends Ecoxtrem, Siemens, Cora Romania, Ecoxtrem, Gefco, Smartdreamers, Equilobe, Dell.
Institutions: Danubius, Economic and Mihai Eminescu high schools from Calarași (entered the Ecoprovocarea contest), Romsilva – Calarași Forestry Department, Chirnogi Town Hall.
Reason for choosing this location for the forest belt:
Chirnogi commune is located in the western part of Călăraşi county, 7 km north of the Danube river, in an area formed by the south-eastern extremity of the Burnasului Plain and the meadow compartment at the confluence of the Argeş river with the Danube river.
Every winter, the town faces snow blocks on the access roads, especially the blocking of the national road to Oltenita. Because of this, the local population is deprived of access to medical services, food, schooling, or work. Therefore, the establishment of the forest curtain here aims to protect the snow from DN 41, as well as to restore the Argeș river meadow.
The land provided by the City Hall of Chirnogi has an area of about 9 ha and is classified as degraded land.