Las Tunas.- Several actions are carried out in the province of Las Tunas for the conservation and increase of the forest heritage, which amounts to more than 165 thousand 184 hectares, according to a recent report by the State Forest Service, an agency attached to the Ministry of Forestry and Farming.
Two of these tasks are the preparation of land, with the preparation of more than 625 hectares (ha) despite the insufficient availability of fuel, and the planting of 581 ha – for 92 percent of what was planned – due to the lack of moisture in the soil and effects on the workforce due to the Covid-19 disease.
During the past year 2021, progress was made in the territory of Las Tunas in the production of postures, the obtaining of wood for use in sawmills and the planting of live poles, fruit trees and honey plants such as baría, acacia, eucalyptus, Indian carob, yana and oak, among other species.
In addition, the goals of processed seeds, filling of containers, promotion of forests, protection of water and soil, management of natural regeneration and rehabilitation of hydroregulatory strips were exceeded, with around 38 ha.
In the case of the El Naranjo sub-basin, belonging to the Cauto river basin, work was carried out on the reforestation program, planned until 2030, although delays are reported because of a total area of 1,537 ha, only 604 have been completed.
Regarding forest fires, the province closed the 2020-2021 campaign with eight events that affected 16.85 ha in Manatí, Puerto Padre, Jesús Menéndez, Las Tunas and Colombia. In all cases, its natural regeneration has already begun.
To avoid these events in the forest, in the eight municipalities of Las Tunas, firebreak trails are being built, forest roads are rehabilitated and green belts are planted, which should be intensified in the current year, which will be very dry, according to experts.
Author: YENIMA DIAZ VELAZQUEZ