The extreme weather phenomena registered in the past days in several counties in western Romania have caused major damages across the public state forests, managed by Romsilva. According to the National Forest Administration, about 460,000 cubic metres of forest have been affected. Romsilva specialists estimate that on an average volume of 300 cubic metres per hectare, over 700 hectares of forest have been completely got down.
Romsilva says this is preliminary information, and the inventory of the broken trees is under way as the road accesses are still blocked in some areas.
Most of the damages have been reported in Bihor, with about 200,000 cubic metres of forest being affected, but also in Arad (85,000 cubic metres), and Maramures (70,000 cubic metres).
Romsilva announced the wood areas will be re-established where the damages are complete, after the legal consents are obtained and after the affected wood is cleaned. The areas will be re-timbered in two years at the most.
In the first semester of 2017, the extreme weather phenomena have affected other 82, 751 hectares of forest, while last year storms have put down 204,687 hectares.
Romsilva administers 3.14 million hectares of state-owned forests and provides forestry services for another million hectare of private-owned woods.