Monday, 26 November 2012

SPEA celebrates the Authochthonous Forest Day with three schools of São Miguel island

In the scope of the celebrations of the Authochthonous Forest  Day, day 23 of November, SPEA, through the Life Sustainable Laurel Forest Project and of the Priolo's Environmental Center (CAP), organized three activities with the Basic and Secundary School of Nordeste and Povoação and the school Antero de Quental in Ponta Delgada.

On November 21st the SPEA technicians were in Basic and Secondary School of Nordeste to do the activity “The Discovery of the Laurel Forest”. This activity counted with the participation of 22 students, which had the chance to visit the Pelado viewpoint, in Nordeste and CAP, to be able to see diverse types of vegetation, specially the original Azorian forest, the Laurel Forest.

On the november 22nd, the Life Sustainable Laurel Forest technicians were with 15 students of Povoação to make a native species plantation. This plantation took place in the Basic School of Lomba do Pomar where these students had the chance of planting, in the school garden, 38 plants, between Picconia, Azorean Holly, Buckthorn, Cape Myrtle, Azorian Heather and Azores Harebell.

In the following day, the 23rd, the LIFE+ technicians took 7 students from the Basic and Secondary School of Povoação, and 6 teachers, for one of the intervention zones of the Life Sustainable Laurel Forest Project, the Labaçal in Serra da Tronqueira. They planted 323 plants with only 7 enthusiastic students and their teachers in a space of little more than a hour and a half. The planted species were the Laurel, the Buckthorn and the Picconia. To end this activity they visites project's greenhouse in Lomba do Loução.

On the same day, the CAP technicians went to the school Antero de Quental in Ponta Delgada, where they carried through a lecture with about 100 students to speak about the Priolo, the forest and the threats that he faces currently. After this lecture, during the afternoon, they carried through a plantation of native plants, among which Picconia, Azorean Holly, Azorean Heather, Cape Myrtle, Azores Harebell, Common Heather and Buckthorn.

We are thankful to the schools, its teachers and especially the students for the demonstrated enthusiasm and interest in these activities. 

Next year there's more!

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