The following are the main researches in progress, commissioned and coordinated by the Park Authority. To consult the partial results or previous years, in the case of multiannual projects, please consult the relevant section on completed research, which contains the final reports.

FAUNISTIC RESEARCH

Monitoring of the Wolf Population in the National Park of Casentino Forests - ISPRA ex-INFS

The objectives of the research are the coordination of monitoring through Wolf-howling activities carried out by the State Forestry Corps; collection of genetic samples for the implementation of the regional genotype database; the evaluation of the status of the Wolf in the Park also comparing the historical presence data to evaluate the trend and the possible threat factors for the population.

Monitoring project of the chiropterofauna of the national park - Coop. Dream

Survey on the population of Chiroptera in the National Park of Casentino Forests, through surveys using a bat-detector accompanied by mapping of the presence and distribution of the various species and in-depth investigations on refuge sites and other areas of particular interest.

Ornithological monitoring of nesting and rare and endangered species - Coop. Dream and Coop. Sterna

Starting from spring 2013, the Park has been the subject of a monitoring plan for breeding birds that covers the entire surface of the protected area, started in 1992 only in the part of Arezzo. In addition to this, specific investigations concern species of particular interest, being considered rare and threatened within the Park.

recovery of the indigenous population of brown trout in the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines - Meldola Museum of Ecology

The project aims to identify any populations of indigenous/native trout in the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines, with genetic characterization ascribable to the Mediterranean evolutionary lineage/branch. The actions foresee a sampling and phenotypic identification on a large area, a genetic validation of the specimens and populations identified, a distribution mapping and structure of the populations of the native trout.

Study of the spatial behaviour of the wild boar (Sus scrofa) - University of Sassari

Study of the spatial behaviour of the boar with evaluation of the use of territory according to sex, age, and season. Study of the use of the protected area as a refuge site during hunting activity.

Monitoring of the raccoon (Procyon lotor) in the National Park of Casentino Forests - Planning and Management Office of the Casentino Forests National Park

Study of the distribution and consistency of the raccoon, an invasive alien species, in the National Park and in the surrounding areas. Elaboration and implementation of the Eradication Plan.

LIFE PROJECTS

The WETFLYAMPHIBIA Life Project

The LIFE14 NAT/IT/000759 WETFLYAMPHIBIA project is responsible for the conservation of amphibians (Apulian Ululone, Salamandrina di Savi and Crested Newt), lepidoptera (Euplagia quadripunctaria and Eriogaster catax) and damp environments connected to them. For more information visit this page.

The EREMITA Life project

The Eremita Life project deals with two species of beetles connected to dead wood, Rosalia alpina and Osmoderma eremita, and two species related to still or current waters, namely the dragonfly Coenagrion mercuriale castellanii and the aquatic beetle Graphoderus bilineatus. For further information visit this page.

FLORA AND VEGETATION RESEARCH

Analysis of conservation status and dynamic trends of park forests - University of Bologna

The project aims to measure the conservation status and the dynamic trends of forest ecosystems within the National Park through a standardized sampling of biodiversity and forest quality indicators.

Monitoring project of floristic species and habitats of community interest of the Park - University of Florence

The project aims to update the database of the vascular flora of the Park, through the inclusion of all new floristic data, and to develop a monitoring system on plant species and terrestrial habitats included in the annexes of Directive 92/43/EEC

ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH

People of the Park Project

The main objective of the project is to "save" the memory of the Apennine culture, as a great patrimony of knowledge and crafts, enhancing the territory and the presence of the population who still lives in the Park and who holds ancient and important crafts. For further information see this page.