The cultural heritage of the forests interlinks the forests as such, their management, and the human society. This topic is the subject of multiple international conferences set up for acknowledging the current status of the forests and the development of the cultural landscape.
‘The European Union acknowledged the cultural landscapes, the traditional practices, and other values of the forests as methods used in the local and regional sustainable development. Our association has an objective view on what a forest ecosystem of relations connecting the earth, the tree, the flora, the fauna, the forest, and the human is’, told us Mr. Nicolae Țucunel, Chairman of the Romanian Forestry Association (ASFOR).
A new approach
Currently there is an increasing request of forest owners with respect to the use of the forests for tourism purposes, and not only for exploitation.
‘We should improve our knowledge on the forestry cultural assets. Topics pointing out the relation between forests and public health are more and more approached. We are also talking about the role of the forests and the one of the green areas in improving the population health condition. Within the green infrastructure, people should take advantage of recreational activities within the urban area, and in the middle of nature’, also said Mr. Nicolae Țucunel.
Silviculture, a tradition in Brasov
The Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering of Brasov was founded in 1948. Nowadays, it carries on the tradition of the higher education in the forestry field for over 70 years. The faculty building, and its surrounding park, magnify this ‘Old Lady’ of the university education in the forestry field. Students are taught to be responsible for the balance and the development of the Romanian forests. The faculty is highly appreciated by prestigious faculties around the world.
The Management of ASFOR undertakes precautionary forest engineering projects, so as not to damage its components: plants, animals, earth. Moreover, it works together with the local and regional communities for the sustainable management of the forests. Periodic meetings, conferences and congresses focusing on topics related to the discipline in forest engineering are set up.