South East Hârtibaciu
This protected natural site is located in the Hârtibaciu Plateau, in the southeast part of the Târnavelor Plateau.
The site extends to the vicinity of the Fagaras Mountains. In the northern part it is bounded by the Hârtibaciu river, in the west by the Cibin river, in the east and south by the Olt river. In the southwest, the site crosses the Olt River, near the confluence with the Cibin river, and extends to the Făgăraş mountain.
The relief is represented by slopes with a wave-like configuration, a moderate and fast inclines (over 16 degrees). About 50% of the site is covered by forest vegetation, the rest of the area being occupied by meadows, hay, agricultural land and running water. The site is extremely important for the large carnivores that live here: brown bears (Ursus arctos) and wolves (Canis lupus).
According to the official wolf spread map in Romania, the SV part of the site includes the largest wolf population in the Continental bioregion. The South-West part of the site (between Tălmaciu and Boiţa in the West, respectively Turnu Rosu in the East) would connect with the alpine area. In order for this potential passage to work, it is important that the mentioned area to not be under construction (especially linear), so that the movements of animals will not be restricted (especially since in the area there is a DN between Sibiu and Brasov).
How to Visit:
The site is located in the Roşia, Selimbar, Marpod, Chirpăr, Arpaşu de Jos communes.
The red strip and red cross marked trails CT1, section from Nucet to Hamba, and the villages around, as well as the red cross trail from Agnita to Cârța (CT5) will take you accross this protected area.
The Natura 2000 protected areas are best discovered on foot, by horseback or by bicycle, on the marked routes that leave each village. No entry fee.
For guided tours, call Guides or local agencies.