English oak (Quercus robur) is one of the species being planted in this project.

English oak (Quercus robur) is one of the species being planted in this project. Credit: Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org

Location:
Multiple Cities, Spain

Key Activities:

  • Planting 20,000 trees in six Spanish cities
  • Connecting fragmented forests throughout the country

Project Description:
Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are partnering with Plantemos Para el Planeta to plant 20,000 trees in and around six Spanish cities (Madrid, La Coruña, Lugo, Amorebieta, Alicante and Avilés) to reconnect areas of forestland that have become fragmented.

Why This Project:
Using trees native to the Iberian Peninsula, this project is part of a larger initiative titled “Ardilla-ConnectingLife,” which is working with governments, businesses and volunteers throughout Spain to reconnect fragmented forests throughout the country. Over the years, many of Spain’s forests have become fragmented by agriculture and other development needs. By creating a continuous forest corridor and replanting 80 acres, the project is aiding migration for a variety of species.

Why Spain:
Spain, like much of the Mediterranean Basin, is suffering from soil loss, leading to concerns of desertification. Through reforestation efforts, the soil can be stabilized through the tree roots and through water interception. In addition, climate models indicate that tree species like European black pine and Scots pine, which are found in Spain’s mountainous areas, are in danger from global climate change.

Interested in other forest reforestation projects in which we’ve been involved? Check out our Global ReLeaf page.