About PUTNA Vrancea Natural Park
Putna-Vrancea Natural Park was founded as a result of the Government Decision no. 2151/2004 regarding the establishment of new natural protected areas. It corresponds to IUCN category V – protecting and sustaining important landscapes/seascapes and the associated nature conservation and other values created by interactions with humans through traditional management practices.
Putna Vrancea Park overlaps diverse, well individualized landscapes, descending from West to East, giving the region the aspect of a huge amphitheater.
The plant life found here has a high species richness, differing frombroadleaf to boreal forests, mountain meadows, subalpine scrublands and ruderal areas. It is the result of phyto-historical conditions determined by geographic position, geological structure, geomorphological complexity and temperateclimate.
The fauna found in the park is typical for mountain areas. No less than 10 species of vertebrates other than birds are under strict protection. Of the aprox 110 species of birds reported in the area 75 are also under strict protection. Large carnivores found here, such as Ursusarctos, Canis lupus and Lynx lynx are flagship species of PutnaVranceaNatural Park and are core populations in Europe. This three large carnivores andLutralutramake the park a N2000SCI site.
From east to west the park is crossed by the DN2D National Road whichleads to Brasov city. From the park headquarters - located in Tulnici village following the main road there are a number of touristic attractions.
Located aprox 9 km from Tunici,Putna Waterfall is one of the main attractions in the area spanning over a length of 76 meters and a height of 14 meters.
Another important attraction in the area is Tisita Canyon Natural Reserve – whichhouses various phyto, zoo and geological elements,as well as landscape sets of great scientific value. The trail, a three day walk,starts from Lepsa resort, and ends in Coza village; it was first built by the Germans during WWII as a forest exploitation route.
Moving forward inside Lepsa resort we find the Lepsa Trout Farm, located just below Mount Lepsa, one of the biggest farms of sort in the country.
Along sides of the main roadwe can find numerous access points (be it forest roads or trails) which lead to the central area of Vrancea Mountains. Here the traveler can opt to spend the night at one of the many lodges available for rent at the Park headquarters.
In short terms, Putna Vrancea Park protects and conserves the landscapes where the interaction of people and nature over time has produced an area of distinct character with significant ecological, biological, cultural and scenic value: and where safeguarding the integrity of this interaction is vital to protecting and sustaining the area and its associated nature conservation and other values.