The Wyoming-based Wyss Foundation has announced a donation of more than sixteen thousand acres of forestland and alpine meadows in Romania's Fagaras Mountains to Foundation Conservation Carpathia. At current prices, the donation is valued at more than $16 million.
FCC will restore the land and eventually transfer it to the Romanian government to be included in a Carpathia National Park, once such a park is established. The Carpathian Mountains contain the highest percentage of virgin woodlands in Europe and are rich in wildlife, including brown bear, wolves, lynx, red deer, and chamois, a European antelope.
After the transfer of the land, the foundation will continue to support FCC's acquisition, restoration, and management of the area.
"Land conservation is a matter of international importance, and FCC has been doing wonderful work in Romania to restore land in the Fagaras Mountains," said philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss, who founded the Wyss Foundation in 1998 and is a signatory to the Giving Pledge. "We are proud to support FCC's important work and look forward to seeing Carpathia National Park someday."