25th November 2015
the devastating fire in the Parque Natural del Montgó
on September 11th 2014, things have changed a lot on
the popular plateau of La Plana. The Ayuntamiento
de Xàbia, in collaboration with the Ministry
of the Environment, has carried out work over the past
13 or so months to try and recover the forestry
area and stop the infestations that have been feeding
on the pine trees that escaped the devastating inferno.
work in the first few months after the tragic event
saw the removal of burnt trees, treatment for the survivors,
encouraging the return of wildlife to the area, building
anti-erosion barriers on the steep slopes and the restoration
of ancient terrace walls which were at the risk of collapse.
Then in September this year, steps had to be taken to
respond to the discovery of an infestation of boring
insects that were feeding on the pine trees.
then, forestry brigades led by the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia
has made a great effort to remove affected trees and
shredding them to create biomass. They have carried
out this work of both public land and private areas
were authorisation had been granted by owners. The change
in the landscape of La Plana has been so considerable
that the Departments of the Environment and of Services
at the Ayuntamiento have decided to take stock of the
situation and, above all, address the future of the
management of the forest park.
that end, a conference has been organised to discuss
this issue with those who live within the zone and other
people who are interested in the environment during
which biologists and forestry experts will present results
of the recovery programme and the proposals for the
future management of the area. Entitled "400 días
después del incendio en el Montgó"
("400 days after the fire on the Montgó"),
the conference will be on Wednesday 2nd December at
7.30pm in the auditorium of the Soler Blasco Museum
in the heart of the historic centre.
biologist Ignasi Astor accompanied mayor José
Chulvi and councillors Doris Courcelles (Environment)
and Kika Mata (Services) to view the result of the work
of recent months and explained the need to involve residents
on the forest planning.
remember the day that Montgó burned, click here.