TERRACE SITUATED IN THE RIVER CABE BASIN, INCLUDED IN THE MONFORTE CUATERNARY DEPRESSION
Short History of the site
Finca Granxa Robles was a private land whose owner, José María Gil-Robles (1898-1980) jurist, politician, university professor was the War Ministry in the past. He sold the farm in 1949 to the national State to create a Research Agrarian Centre. Later, in 1993 the land was transferred to the Galician autonomic administration, Xunta de Galicia. Now, is a public property managed by the Agrarian Research Centre of Mabegondo CIAM, subordinated as CIF Lourizán, to the Rural Environment and Sea Department of the autonomic administration, Xunta de Galicia. Permission to establish the experimental plot was asked to the responsible of research in this agricultural and livestock farmland. The CIAM, as an institute belonging to the autonomic administration, Xunta de Galicia, is the responsible of the management and conservation of this place, executed by their own CIAM staff. They give us permission to manage a delimited forest area occupying 2ha, inside the farmland. The local area where the arboretum was setting was occupied by a natural shrubland and oakwood forest. The location was choose because is a representative Mediterranean area of Galicia, with significant summer drought, and more extreme temperatures than in coastal places (AR29 and AR31) due to it continental character. Under a floristic point of view, is included in the boundary area between Eurosiberian and Mediterranean Region.