TSINTZINA REFORESTATION COMMENCING ON WEEKEND 9-10 FEBRUARY, UNDER SUPERVISION OF NATIONAL FORESTRY DEPARTMENT
The first volunteer reforestation attempt is expected to commence during the weekend of 9-10 February 2008 in Tsintzina, from the slopes of Mourgias hill.
Mourgias was home to a relatively young and rare black pine forest until the afternoon of September 2nd, when it was totally consumed within a few minutes. The Sparta Forestry Department will attempt to reconstruct its original tree population, first securing an intermediary “screen” of wide-leaf plants of fast growth. This is a necessary condition for successful, subsequent pine growth and it is precisely those plants that will be put into place on February 9th – 10th.
As Forestry Officials explained, the location was selected for obvious aesthetic reasons -it being entirely visible from within the village itself- but also as its steep slopes are in great danger of suffering a total surface soil washout if unattended, a development that will render them barren for the foreseeable future.
A significant number of Tsintzinians and friends are expected to attend during the reforestation weekend. While the actual effort is expected to take place between 09:30-15:30 hrs due to prevailing weather conditions, the sizeable volunteer crowd expected, guarantees to make this also a weekend of fun.
(more news on this as they develop).
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