This week, from the 22nd to the 24th of October, the Life Sustainable Laurel Forest Project was visited by João Salgado, the representative of the external monitoring team from the LIFE program in Portugal. This visit was to see, firsthand, all the work that has been developed for this project in SPA Pico da Vara / Ribeira do Guilherme and the Planalto dos Graminhais.
João Salgado, along with the project team, was on Monday morning at the Planalto dos Graminhais, and had the opportunity to see a soggier peatbog the result of work started in 2011 and finished this year. A little throughout the area it was possible to see the tufts in its entire splendor, even in areas with greater intervention! He also had the opportunity to see and try the new access rail to Pico da Vara, which goes through an important natural habitat!
Besides this visit to Graminhais, the Life Sustainable Laurel Forest Project team took João Salgado to some of the intervened areas in the project, such as Labaçal in Tronqueira, where it was possible to see the results with the control of exotic plants and the recovery of Laurel Forest in the site.
The visit also took place in the Malhada, one of the areas in higher altitude, with work still ongoing, and the Mata dos Bispos, an area where we only recently started the intervention and being, in all areas intervened for the project, the one that has the more typical low / medium altitude Laurel Forest.
In addition to the areas of intervention, João Salgado visited the orchard of Azores Blueberry in Furnas and the project’s Greenhouse in the Lomba do Loução, who produce all native plants that are planted in the intervention areas.
This annual visit results in a report to the LIFE European Commission's Unit that will allow them to realize the project's progress and all actions undertaken so far, at a crucial time as it is near its end.