middle slope in the sub-basin of Sieira river, in the area of the Tambre river estuary called Ria de Muros e Noia open to the Atlantic ocean
Short History of the site
This forest area was occupied by a young mixed stand of Eucalyptus globulus with Acacia melanoxylon and Salix atrocinerea. The history of this place is marked by repeated wildfires and successive plantations with pines, Pinus radiata or Pinus pinaster, and Eucalyptus globulus. Occasionally some trees were removed mainly for fuel use. Actually, the good forest management of the area keeps fire far from the plantations. AR29 is placed on a private land. The land is owned and managed by a Neighborhood Forest Association, typical of Galician culture. All the forest area belongs to a territorial demarcation, parroquia, which joins all the neighborhood members. Each citizen owns a percentage of the whole indivisible forest area and the management must be agreed with all the members of the community by a common consent. In Galicia, this way of forest property is called Neighborhood Forest in Common Hand. We asked for the permission to the Neighborhood Forest of Graiade, Marandán and Miguelís, and they, by common consent, gave us a cession to use a 2 ha land during 15 years since June 14th 2011 and according to Reinfforce project objectives. We selected this place on the basis of an altitude criterion, since the other oceanic arboretum AR31 was established near sea level.