Marking the plot at Obaga de Colldéu in Muntanya d'Alinyà

11.06.2015 By: Fundació Catalunya - La Pedrera

Various studies conducted by the University of Valladolid, CREAF (Centre for Research in Ecology and Forestry Applications) and a team of 4 students of Environmental Sciences at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​helped define that the itinerary of forestry management known as PS05 of the Orgest[1] system would help to further increase the carbon sequestration rate at the pilot’s plot compared to the choice of non-intervention during the period 2015-2100 and considering three possible scenarios of climate change.

The PS05 forestry management model seeks to maintain the whole wood mass rather at a young age (that is when the trees grow larger and therefore fix more carbon).

In this model, the regeneration is activated by reducing the density of large trees though predetermined clearings, favoring therefore the entry of light. In addition, small and medium-sized trees are favored classes, so that the fixation of the total mass is greater than if the mass is left as it is now.

Once the model was reviewed and validated by the partners during the last follow-up meeting in Valladolid, permits were requested from the administration and last June 4 the mass was marked, prior to the clearing works. Work is scheduled to finish in mid-July 2015.

[1] This management model along has been developed through the project LIFE12ENV/ES/000730 Demorgest, led by Centre de la Propietat Forestal de Catalunya.