As we announced in a previous article, in November 2022 the planting works began in the area of the commune of Bengești-Ciocadia. The time has come to report the stage of these works aimed at restoring the connectivity of the riparian forests along the Gilort River. Up to this point almost 6000 saplings have been planted, namely white willow (823 saplings), black alder (2835 saplings), black poplar/white poplar (1800 saplings) and ash (517 saplings).

Of the total number of black anin saplings planted, 30% were harvested from natural regenerations (from the area of the Natura 2000 Râul Gilort site and from the neighboring areas), in compliance with the dimensional and quality conditions imposed by the specific standards of forestry works. Upon completion of the planting works (estimated to take place in the fall of this year), the total reforested area will be 3.09 hectares. Up to now, reforestation works have been completed on three of the five selected sectors (US5 – 1.44 ha, US4 – 0.26 ha, US2 – 0.21 ha), totaling 1.91 hectares.

Bradley et al. (2003) review the relationship between stream fish species and riparian integrity (source). Riparian forests play an active role in the transfer of energy (especially solar) and matter between the fluvial and terrestrial areas. High UV radiation flux can cause high mortality of aquatic eggs and larvae. Riparian zone interference with sediment flow contributes to the diversity of habitats present along the watercourse.

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