La Muela, restoring native plants

December 1, 2017

The species have been selected in harmony with the vegetation of the Natural Park of Sierra María - Los Vélez. They will allow for a greater biodiversity and resilience of the forest

 

The AlVelAl Association’s project of restoration on La Solana de La Muela is designed to restore vegetation and to promote biodiversity and harmonious convivence between flora and fauna in the natural areas of the Los Vélez region.

 

The construction of small dams with local materials is intended to improve the capture of water and reduce connectivity and kinetic energy of water streams that cause erosion. In addition, the reforestation with native species (that are resistant to drought) increases the resilience of the forest; attracting pollinators, birds and other species.

 

This project has been made possible by Ecosia, through the donation of 50,000 native plants and the participation of Ecosystem Restoration Camps for reforestation.

 

Flora

For the restoration of La Muela, native plants are being used, essential to support the ecosystems stability. Especially in a region marked by desertification, droughts and over-exploitation of soils.

 

These plants are better adapted to the climatic conditions of the area, such as the lack of water, soil erosion and low temperatures. They improve rain water infiltration and attract insects, and are food for other animals that take refuge. As such, it promotes biodiversity and the richness of the territory.

 

A part of the Solana de la Muela, belongs to the Natural Park Sierra Maria - Los Vélez, so it is important for the vegetation of this restoration project to be in harmony with the vegetation existing in the Natural Park Sierra Maria - Los Vélez.  

 

La Muela reforestation is established with different stages of vegetation such as Mesomediterraneos and Castellano manchego Oaks, Carrasco Pines, coscojas oaksa and the Black Hawthorn; among other species. Carrasco Pine trees are native and are very well adapted to drought, water stress and low temperatures.

 

The formers of soil, are plants that grow to develop at ground level; avoiding erosion and runoff. For this purpose, the carrasco oak, common Juniper (Juniperus Oxicedrus) and the Sabina Mora (Juniperus Phoenicea) are planted; they are leafy shrubs that protect the soil and attract fauna.

 

Climate change

Ecosia and AlVelAl Association work against climate change. Ecosia reserves 80 percent of the benefits of its online search engine to planting trees. Ecosia´s  goal is contribute to reverse  climate change and restore biodiversity; water security, clean air, healthy soil and the generation of employment; in short and medium term.

 

Furthermore, one of the AlVelAl 's objectives is to improve the resilience of the territory against droughts, climate change, soil erosion, declining fertility and the preservation of biodiversity.

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