A view of San Ciprian, where most of the planting is taking place.

A view of San Ciprian, where most of the planting is taking place. Credit: Gabriel González/Flickr

About the Ardilla Ecological Corridors ReLeaf Project:

Trees will be planted near San Ciprián, where Alcoa has its main factory in Spain, by professional workers hired by Ardilla. There will be a collaboration with students of the University of Santiago to participate as volunteers.

ReLeaf Location:

Multiple cities in Spain

Key ReLeaf Activities:

  • Planting 7,000 trees in six Spanish cities.
  • Connecting fragmented forests throughout the country.

Why This ReLeaf 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.