Reforesting the mountain

The valley where we live, home of different species of trees, it used to be agricultural land for the families of the closest village. During the last 25 years most of the lands has been abandoned and the overgrowth is taking over. When fires come everything gets burnt; pioneer— and invasive— plants has virgin lands to conquer fast. After one year, the green eucalypt babies are shining in the burnt black landscape. And here arise the problem: eucalypts don’t allow other species to grow. Thus, when the next fire comes, it will burn these trees fast and leave again a black space. Our concern is to protect the mountains and our homes from fires, not only by cleaning the wood and making fire-cuts. In fact, we want to cooperate with nature by seeding and planting native species which will slow the fire down,

We can see that the areas where oaks and chestnut trees are well established, are the least threaten by the fire. Finally, the fire will burn the ground layer, but it will find hard to burn the trees and continue its journey from valley to valley.

Last summer(2016) we experienced a big fire which travelled many kilometers on the mountain and remote villages. Now, we got the chance to improve this situation and the best way is to reforest the burned areas.

A couple of months ago we started to collect different kind of seeds — and spread/plant them on the mountain. In order to be more effective we would like to develop this project cooperating with local authorities, organisations and associations.

In the last 26 years there were 3 big fires, the last one run for 30km across the mountains. We accept donation for the reforestation programm, for more info contact us at  flows.live@gmail.com

Burnt landscape after the fire

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Collecting seeds locally

 

 

 

 

 

collecting seeds at the school yard

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  Our collection:

about 2 million of seeds inluding sicamor maple, oak, chestnut, wild pear, strawberry tree, douglas fir, silver birch, local maritime pine.

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Hicking the mountain with friends and children 2nd of October 2016

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Seeding session: Spread & Plant! 2nd October 2016

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 2nd Seeding session, 2nd December 2016

 And we also had a seeding session in the garden

                                                                                    

 One Year passed and we keep on planting and seeding Trees.

Sadly our seeding session in the garden didn´t work out. The germination rate was like 0. But we don´t give up.

Alan collected thousand of Acorns of different kinds ( Corc Oak; Holm Oak and the common Oaks)

And finally we have a bit rain end of November. So we gather all the sprouting Seeds and of we go to the Hills.

The little Trees (Cupressus lusitanica) you can see there we planted 2010/11 after the big wildfire 2010. And surprisingly we find trees we planted years ago. That is very motivating.

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