The Codrii Reserve was the brain child of the "Council of Ministers of Moldova". The place was declared as a reserve forest on 27th September, 1971. The cause was indeed a great one. The government was very much concerned about preserving the forest and the wild animals of the country. Though the problem of global warming was not such a big one then as it is now, the government took a smart step by accepting the advice of the scientists. Codrii Reserve is only driving distance away from Chisinau.
Initially, the forest chiefly maintained the old-growth natural forest in the Moldova inlands. This year the Codrii Reserve will celebrate its thirty-sixth anniversary. The Reserve occupies a land area of 2740 hectares and there is a strictly protected zone inside which is of 732 hectares. Later on in 1982, the Codrii Reserve was enlarged and an additional 2435 hectares of land was added to the forest area. It is only forty nine kilometers away from Chisinau. The central office of Codrii Reserve is in Lozova village in Chisinau.
The Codrii Reserve's territory is divided into three protection zones. They are called the strictly protected zone, the buffer zone and the transition zone. The Oak and the European Beech are the main trees found here. There are more than one hundred varieties of plants and trees in Codrii Reserve and the nature lovers always enjoy a trip to this beautiful place.