Reforestation of the Vale Velho Reserve after Wildfire
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Reforestation of the Vale Velho Reserve after Wildfire

We need your help in the reforestation of the Vale Velho Ethnoecological Reserve in Folgosinho, which was burned in a huge wildfire in Serra da Estrela this August.

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  • This campaign started on 17/08/2022 and is raising funds until 30/09/2022 - 18:00 WET.

We need your help in the reforestation of the Vale Velho Ethnoecological Reserve in Folgosinho, which was burned in a huge wildfire in Serra da Estrela this August.

Serra da Estrela's fire was one of the biggest wildfires that ever happened in a protected area in Portugal. It burned from Covilhã to Gouveia and, on its way, also burned our reserve.

 

Over the last 4 years, we have been working hard on the regeneration of this mountain landscape, gradually replacing the imposing brooms with meadows and open areas for reforestation, not only with the precious help of our neighbors but also with that of our own flock of Serra da Estrela sheep.

Trabalhos na reserva pré-incêndio

The dream is to develop a landscape recovery project that works closely with organic farming and nature through the conversion of the degraded landscape, susceptible to wildfires and low in biodiversity, into an agroforestry mosaic with natural pastures and native forest.

Árvore queimada após incêndio

With the reserve burned, much was lost. Vale Velho - once a verdant place - has become a silent moonscape. However, we don't want to give up. More than ever, our desire is to replant this landscape and make it more resilient against fires, a sanctuary for biodiversity.

O sonho é converter a paisagem monótona numa paisagem biodiversa e com floresta autóctone

With the broom burned, their black trunks were left behind which need to be removed in order to allow us to regenerate the soil through the creation of pastures and open areas for reforestation with native species. And this is where your precious help comes in. With the money raised, we intend to clear the land in order to sow native trees. Can we count on your help?

About the author

My name is Ana Teresa Matos and I have a great passion for ecological restoration and ancestral knowledge. I live in the Vale Velho Ethnoecological Reserve with my partner André Marques, an archaeologist, where we develop reforestation projects with the help of our flock of sheep. When grazing, the sheep help clear the bush and regenerate marshes and meadows. I am interested in the preservation of an ancestral agriculture linked to nature and which does not use chemicals or industry.

Incêndio na Serra da Estrela junto à reserva

I graduated in Biology and took a Master's degree in Forestry at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro. In 2019, I left the city life behind to move to Serra da Estrela, a very special place for me since I was a child. I studied at the School of Shepherds and the School of Cheese Makers. At the moment, I live my dream of working on the ecological restoration of this landscape that is so special to me.

You can read more about our project here:
https://www.dn.pt/local/plantar-o-futuro-na-serra-da-estrela-13989036.html
https://rr.sapo.pt/2021/03/30/pais/isto-nao-e-telenovela-ea-vida-da-past...
https://www.facebook.com/aldeiasmontanha/photos/a.178044258999782/210923... https://www.rtp.pt/play/p8248/e573490/a-nossa-tarde (Part 1: minute 27; Part 2: minute 30; Part 3: beginning)

Budget and due dates

Budget :

We want to start by clearing 12.5 hectares. Each hectare takes about 4 hours to clean with a tractor. Each hour costs 40 euros. This gives a total of 50 hours to clean the 12.5 hectares, i.e., a cost of 2000 euros.

The remaining amount refers to the PPL rate.

Scheduling :

  • Tractor between September and November
  • Seed harvest between November and December
  • Sowing between March and April

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  • Ana Teresa Matos

    Recolha de sementss e preparação do terreno para as sementeiras

    Olá a todos!

    Já iniciámos a colheita de sementes, aproveitamos todas as saídas da quinta para colher várias espécies autóctones desta região, de forma a manter o património genético. Locais de colheita e espécies:
    Manteigas: tramazeira (Sorbus aucuparia), vidoeiro (Betula pendula subsp. celtiberica) (verificámos que são a nossa subespécie pela presença de pêlos no pecíolo), freixo (Fraxinus angustifolia) e pilriteiro (Crataegus monogyna)
    Trancoso: freixo centenário, mostajeiro (Sorbus latifolia)
    As primeiras sementeiras serão realizadas em breve, e assim como a recolha de bolotas e castanhas locais em grande quantidade para semear em Março-Abril. Fiquem atentos se quiserem participar!

    Também estamos na altura de preparar as terras para a reflorestação! No entanto ao falar com entendidos na matéria, explicaram-nos que para retirarmos os paus de giesta do terreno deveriamos esperar um ano para que apodreçam, de outra forma só chamando máquinas mais potentes. Isto iria encarecer os trabalhos, e fariamos uma área muito menor do que a planeada. Por isso deixaremos essas áreas para o ano que vem e em alternativa decidimos fazer uma gradagem em zonas que o permitem para preparar a terra e evitar que mato volte tão rápido. Estes locais perfazem os 12,5ha mantendo se o objectivo de área reflorestada com os contributos. Adicionalmente vamos manter o plano de semear directamente em zonas que o fogo deixou mais limpas e nas linhas de água. Alguma questão, teremos todo o gosto em esclarecer.

    Um abraço a todos e mais uma vez obrigada a todos os apoiantes
    Ana e André

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