Tree felling begins on Sierra Oltá
THE FOREST on the Sierra Oltá mountain will be reduced in tree mass, after work started this week to both reduce fire risk and to stabilise more mature specimens.
Funded by Alicante provincial council at a cost of €40,000, nine parcels of land under public ownership will be concentrated on. These plots, which lie close to each other, contain a high density of Aleppo pine, which grow quickly and dominate other trees. The work area covers a total area of 8.15 hectares and has a deadline of three months. The state of the trees on the Olta translate into a landscape well below its potential, due to the trees that dominate the mountain along with an insufficient plant mixture. In this situation the forest becomes very vulnerable to pests, droughts and fires.
The affected plots are close to, or part of, the urban-forest interface area, so the risk of fires has a greater potential impact. For these reasons, it was decided to apply forestry thinning tactics with works consisting of detecting and strengthening the dominant specimens and clearing around them.
The works are based on a request from the department of the environment, who accepted a subsidy programme from Alicante council and identified the most important needs in the area.