2nd Review of Management Plan for the Group of Forests of Hoyo de Pinares (Ávila)

Drafting of the Sustainable Forestry Management Plan (Plan de Gestión Forestal Sostenible) for 5,759.54 ha of woodlands of stone pine and black pine.

START DATE: 2016

END DATE: 2017

CLIENT: Department of the Environment of the Castilla y León Regional Government

The full extent of the Group of Forests Hoyo de Pinares, the “Pine Forests of the Lower Alberche” (Pinares del Bajo Alberche) is listed as protected as both a Place of Importance in the Autonomous Community (LIC) and as a Zone of Special Protection for Birdlife (ZEPA) since the forested area provides shelter for black stork (Ciconia nigra L.) and the Spanish imperial eagle (Aquila adalberti C. L. Brehm.). This justifies conservation being considered a priority in these forests.

However, there are other reasons to conserve these forests. Among them, the fact that the principal exploitation of the Group of Forests is for pine cones and wood, while grazing and hunting are also important, as well as other secondary activities such as mushroom gathering and beekeeping.
Forest inventories are carried out using captured LiDAR information from the National Aerial Ortophoto Plan (Plan Nacional de Ortofotografía Aérea, PNOA).

The exploitation of these areas over the next decade have been planned, with a return of 25.69 €/ha per year, along with investments of 27.56€/ha per year, which is common in forests where the principal aim is conservation.

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