“Tomorrow’s Forest” is a project developed by the Forest Administrators’ Association together with the “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava and Holzindustrie Schweighofer. The goal is to ensure a sustainable development of forests.
The project aims to plant one million seedlings in five years. Forest maintenance and monitoring activities will continue for an additional three years, to ensure that the young forest vegetation grows naturally. The “Tomorrow’s Forest” initiative supports private owners who do not have the necessary resources to ensure sustainable replanting of their forest lands.
Often forest regeneration takes place naturally without the need of external interventions. When this is not possible, the owner is legally obliged to carry out reforestation activities. Usually, the planting costs are covered by a conservation and regeneration fund, set up by the forest administrator and owner, which accumulates revenues obtained from wood sales.
But there are cases when forest owners cannot cover the reforestation costs, either because they have not harvested any wood or because they were restituted areas with regeneration difficulties.
The “Tomorrow’s Forest” project comes to meet the need of helping private owners to regenerate their forests.
Everything you need to know
The project runs 2018 through 2024 (five years of planting and three years of maintenance).
In Romania, on private forest land whose owners applied to take part in the project.
Who we are
The “Tomorrow’s Forest” project proves our commitment to a responsible management of forests in Romania. Through our actions we want to improve the life of local communities and generate quality educational content to help shape the next generation, teaching respect and love for nature and its richness.
The initiative of the Forest Administrators’ Association is a natural reaction to the problem of degraded forest areas whose owners are unable to undertake planting and forest maintenance works. Representatives of the “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava are provide scientific support for forest land analysis and selection, as well as checking the technical documentation of reforestation projects. Holzindustrie Schweighofer provides the financial resources needed to implement the replanting activities.
Holzindustrie Schweighofer has its roots in a traditional Austrian family company with over 400 years of experience in wood processing. The company is one of the leading wood processing companies in Europe. It has been active in Romania since 2002 where today it operates three modern saw mills and two panel factories. Holzindustrie Schweighofer is committed to transparency and sustainability.
Ciprian Palaghianu, Ph.D.
Project Director, "Ștefan cel Mare" University of Suceava
I am a forestry engineer, graduated from the Faculty of Forestry in Suceava (2001), with PhD thesis defended in Forest Regeneration at the University of Suceava Stefan cel Mare (2009). My professional experience was gained in Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, being represented by teaching and research activities carried out from 2001 to present. I teach subjects such as Afforestation, Landscape Ecology and Ecological restoration of degraded ecosystems. In the last ten years, I have been involved in 14 research projects (including 11 national and 3 international projects) with different themes, related to forestry modelling, forest regeneration, monitoring biodiversity in natural forests, mapping and ecological reconstruction of degraded land. I have also carried out consultancy activities within the national working group to revise the forestry technical regulations for afforestation activities.
Executive Director of the Forest Administrators Association
I am a forest engineer with thirty years of experience in the field. I entered forestry at the age of 14, following the footsteps of my father. I graduated the Faculty of Forestry from Braşov and worked at the "Valea Sadului" forest district in Tălmaciu and then at the Sălişte forest district. I worked at all levels, planted, picked berries, I haven’t skipped any stage. When I got into the position to lead a forest district, to supervise the activity of people, it was easy to manage, both in the office and in the field. In 2002, I set up the private forest district "Valea Frumoasei" for the Sălişte town hall. In 2004 I set up the Forest Administrators’ Association and I’ve been its president until 2013 when I took on the position of Executive Director.
Project Manager "Tomorrow's Forest", Holzindustrie Schweighofer
I graduated from the Faculty of Geography and Geology at the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iași and then worked for 15 years in environmental protection organizations. My activities have been mainly focused on the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, and in recent years I added forest protection and responsible management of forests. I'm in charge of managing the project "Tomorrow's Forest", bringing to the team the perspective of someone who’s not a forestry engineer, but a nature lover nonetheless.