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Rise from the ashes

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The Association of Friends of the Ecological Park did not crossed its arms after the fire that destroyed almost its entire natural heritage.

It’s been one year and ten days that the Ecological Park (PEF) saw its biodiversity disappears, about 90% of several plant species, due to a fire that swept in just a few hours a natural heritage that took hundreds of years to develop and embellished the central mountain ranges of the island of Madeira. An environmental tragedy of incalculable valor, leaving a gray landscape, that gradually rises from the ashes thanks to the invaluable efforts of volunteers from PEF. After a titanic labor of cleaning the skeletons of trees along the slopes of the mountains of Cabeco da lenha, with the soil still smoldering, were introduced so-called pioneer plants, created a nursery of indigenous plants, which will later be replanted in areas of greatest altitude in early autumn.

By the end of the year, friends of the park expect to replant about 10 000 plant species, twenty of which are endemic, which are growing in the greenhouse of the association, together with the already returned 3000 trees in an area of approximately 10 km2, which represents 13% of the surface of the county. Rise from the ashes is the theme of the work of the association that focuses on fundraising and volunteering with a view to full recovery of the lung of the capital of Madeira. According to one of the promoters of the association, Raimundo Quintal, this is a project "that requires a lot of volunteer work, dedication and a lot of persistence, because there is a huge gap between the ecology of carpet and restore biodiversity in the mountains that guard  Funchal ".


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