Replanting after May’s devastation

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DISASTER: Last May 1,715 hectares were destroyed by fire.

HIDRAQUA, which supplies Pego’s domestic water, is reforesting woodland affected by last May’s devastating fire.

The water supply company is planting 4,000 trees in eight hectares of fire-damaged land, using native species that include holm and kermes oaks. The project is being carried out by a specialist firm with a team of six specially-trained people supervised by two forestry engineers.

“The seedlings were grown from seeds collected in this area and are certified as belonging to a resilient and self-seeding species, guaranteeing woodland that can withstand climate change and forest fire,” a Hidraqua spokesman said.

The woodland will capture 250 tons of carbon dioxide over the next 40 years, and continue to do so once it is mature.

This is the first attempt at reforestation since the fire last May which consumed 1,715 hectares of woodland and scrub in Vall d’Ebo, Atzubia and Vall de Gallinera. 

Hidraqua is collaborating with the Aquae Foundation on the project which, as well as replanting the devastated area, is also aimed at compensating for their carbon footprint.

When it came to selecting the plot of municipal land to be replanted, Pego Town Hall and its departments for the Environment, Agriculture and Domestic water had given invaluable help, Hidraqua said.

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