Location: Dragalina commune, Călărași county
Objective: to create forest belts for the protection of localities and public interest objectives
Project start: spring 2019
Area: 5 ha
Planted area: 2.7 ha
Species planted: acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia), Siberian elm (Ulmus pumilla) and rosehip (Rosa canina).
Volunteers involved: 300 people
Maturity stage: spring 2024 (estimated)
Current status: ongoing
Institutions: Danubius, Economic and Mihai Eminescu high schools from Calarași (partners from Ecoprovocarea contest), Romsilva – Calarași Forestry Department, Dragalina Town Hall.
Reason for choosing the location of the forest belt:
Dragalina locality is in the southern part of Bărăgan, on the platform between Lunca Dunării to the south and Lunca Ialomiţei to the north. In this commune there is also the Ciulniţa railway junction, as well as the road junction between DN 21 (Călăraşi-Slobozia) and A2 (Autostrada Soarelui).
In recent years, the town has been affected by more and more extreme weather events, including snowstorms, wind gusts of 140 km/h, or even tornadoes. The establishment of forest protection curtains could solve these problems in just a few years, in addition to the rest of the benefits they bring, such as increasing soil water reserves and the productivity of adjacent agricultural land, combating climate change, or regulating water and temperatures regime.
The project “Adopt a tree!” began to plant forest belts in the area of Dragalina, in order to protect access roads, water collection stations, the Technological High School “Duiliu Zamfirescu” and the village of Constantin Brâncoveanu, in the face of extreme weather events.
The land provided by Dragalina Town Hall has a total area of about 5 ha and is divided into 3 plots.