Conservation and restoration activities

The restoration activities are the core of the LIFE + JunEx project and they aim to apply the studies and guidelines that have been outlined in activities A.3, A.4, A.5 and A.6.

Action C1: Implementation of silvicultural measures

This activity concerns the implementation of the guidelines and the technical study for restoration works as outlined in activities A.3 and A.5 respectively. The main procedures involve logging broadleaved trees and shrubs over a total area of 180 hectares. It includes the management of pre-marking which trees are to be cut, communication with forestry co-operatives and supervision of logging and all related works, such as the transfer of timber. The effectiveness of this activity is monitored through activities D.1 and D.2.

December 2016-Action Progress

Τhree sets of silvicultural treatments are foreseen in this action with the three of them to have been completed covering an area of 120 hectares. The third phase is currently progressing and expected to be completed in the beginning of the coming spring. The timber produced is distributed, by the Forestry Department of Florina, to the residents of the area.

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Action C2: Conservation works and construction of grazing infrastructure

One of the main purposes of the LIFE+ JunEx project is to reintroduce livestock farming in the area so that sheep and goat flocks can be used to control the encroachment of broadleaved species. This re-introduction necessitates the building and maintenance of livestock farming infrastructure under the guidelines and technical study produced in activities A.3 and A.5.

Specifically the project provides for:

1. The construction of a new open water storage tank and the maintenance of an existing tank.

2. The construction of a shelter for the temporary stabling of livestock.

3. The enclosure of important areas of juniper woods.

4. The clearing of refuse and dead organic material such as dry twigs and branches from juniper woods in order to prevent wildfires.

Action C3:Restoration through production, planting and maintenance of seedlings

The activity involves the gradual collection of 15,000 seeds, the production of seedlings based on the specifications defined in activity A.4 and the planting, monitoring and watering of the seedlings. The production of good quality seedlings is considered very important, as artificial regeneration is an effective method for the successful restoration of juniper woods, and consequently of the habitat type.

December 2016-Action progress
Seed sowing for the regeneration of the junipers forest have already taken place according to the initial plan, whilst the produced seedlings in the laboratory were planted and fenced on site in November 2016. The action is on progress with the plants watering as well as the monitoring of the regeneration success (Action D2).

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