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The Community and 'La Caixa' restore almost 99 hectares of forest area burned in Umbria and Solana Head Donkey (25/03/2014)

The project has enabled the rehabilitation of eight people at risk of social exclusion and represents an investment of more than 49,500 euros paid by the financial institution

The Ministry of Presidency, through the Directorate General for the Environment, and Social Work 'La Caixa' have developed a reforestation and ecological restoration in 98.63 hectares of forest area, Mt public utility Umbria and Solana Donkey's Head, in the municipality of Cieza, area that was affected by a wildfire in 1994.

The Director General of Environment, Amador Lopez, and the director of the headquarters of 'La Caixa' in Cieza, Javier Aznar, today visited the ecological restoration work carried out in the area affected by the fire, which swept a total of 24,000 hectares in the region of the Northwest Region and Cieza.

The work, which has involved more than 49,500 euros of investment, paid by the financial institution, is part of the cooperation agreement signed between the Ministry of Presidency and Social Work 'La Caixa'.

This initiative, developed in the last quarter of last year, gained access to employment for eight people at risk of social exclusion.

Silviculture and afforestation

The project, said the CEO Amador Lopez, "has consisted mainly in conducting silvicultural works that have ensured the stability of tree feet who survived the fire, apart from those weakened or diseased located in areas with high density."

Thus, forestry jobs have included thinning and pruning on the main vegetation and cutting remains, giving a suitable density and avoid very high level of competition that hinders the growth of forests.

With this, the biodiversity of other species of shrub and herbaceous also favored in the area.

Another action involved the reforestation of 5 parcels totaling 9.86 acres, by replanting, to strengthen the tree layer of future forest stand.

The species used in the area has been the pine, one of the most representative of this natural environment.

Afforestation has been carried out in the same holes where the plants that did not survive, at a density of 1,200 trees per hectare, which has led to the introduction of 11,300 plants were.

The project continues the actions in the area to retrieve the imbalances created by the fire, which consisted of thinning, pruning and weeding.

Source: CARM

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