Activity postponed to November 30th
The Native Forest Day was created to mark the importance of species that make up the natural forest heritage, celebrated on 23 November, a date that recalls the importance of preserving and planting species that are part of the Portuguese natural heritage.
At Portugal, native trees represent 72% of the forest, reveals the 6th National Forest Inventory (IFN6) of the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF), a percentage that is mainly composed of species that have long been planted and spread throughout the territory, such as maritime pine (Pinus pinaster), cork oak (Quercus suber), holm oak (Quercus rotundofila) and stone pine (Pinus pinea). Together, these four species represent 61% of the total forest area in mainland Portugal, also according to IFN6 data, which identifies other native trees of the Portuguese forest: carob (Ceratonia síliqua), alder (Alnus glutinosa), birch (Betula spp). .), black oak (Quercus pyrenaica), Portuguese oak (Quercus faginea), oak (Quercus robur), chestnut (Castanea sativa), beech (Fagus sylvatica), strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) , wild pine (Pinus sylvestris) and willow (Salix spp).
The importance of afforestation is also reflected in the implementation of actions defined in the Municipal Action Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change in Loures. Thus, the Municipality of Loures, through the ReNaturAdapt project financed by the EEA Grants, promotes actions to plant native species along the territory's water lines. On November 23th, the planting action will take place in Parque Adão Barata, Loures.