Wonderful pastures with secular trees
Old trees are an iconic component of pastures with trees. The age of the old trees can exceed half a millennium, being the oldest organisms in large regions. By their age, these trees have witnessed and survived many changes that have taken place at the level of human societies, landscapes and climatic conditions.
Old trees on pastures have a lot of values, including economic, cultural, aesthetic, historical and ecological. They also have a very high aesthetic and cultural values, which can also represent economic resources. For example, the old trees have their stories, known by the local communities, inspiring artists and poets contributing to the creation of cultural elements with universal value. Many old trees have a name, such as 'Avram's Oak', 'Stefan's Oak', 'Eminescu's linden' or locally 'Banciu Oak' (Alma Vii), 'Batrân Tree' (Dăișoara), 'Adam and Eve' (near Rupea) and others. Sometimes the old trees are called 'veterans', in recognition of their ability to survive. Old trees are tourist targets in many areas, thus making a significant contribution to the visibility of the area and to the local economy. Many old trees bear the signs of human interventions in the past and have been 'witnesses' to events of historical importance. The historical importance also of identity value for the communities or even the respective regions.
Finally, the value of the old trees for birds, insects and other organisms is disproportionately high compared to the younger trees, a large number of species protected legally using the stumps of these trees as feeding, nesting or sheltering habitats. Thus, old trees are key structures in the ecosystems they belong to. The decay and dead elements are important and natural components of the old trees; old trees are among the most important habitats throughout Europe.
Respecting these values, we allow future generations to inherit and value them according to their needs - among which may be types of qualities and meanings that we, today, do not perceive or perceive negatively.
By preserving the old trees, including the scurvy of future generations, we will give them the chance to align (or re-align) with their values to these important elements of the cultural landscapes we have.
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