Goat herds return for the second year in restored Juniper forests!

 

Monday 17 July 2017

200 goats graze in an area of 200 ha in the juniper forests of the Psarades village in Prespa since the 5th July 2017.

The introduction of grazing as tool to limit the expansion of broadleaved species in selected juniper forests is one of the priorities of the project LIFE12 NAT/GR/539 – JunEx, which has been running in the last four years for the conservation of the priority habitat type *9562 “Grecian Juniper Woods”.

In order to achieve the restoration of juniper forests, an area of 200 ha was cleaned through the application of appropriate silvicultural treatments, i.e. the selective removal of broadleaved species that encroach juniper woods, under the supervision and support of the Forestry Department of Florina and in cooperation with local logging associations. Additionally, in order to reintroduce grazing to constrain the fast-growing broadleaved vegetation, a water tank and an animal shelter were constructed in the area. The location of the infrastructure within the areas where silvicultural treatments were applied allows for the herd to graze along the target area.