Wildfire Restoration

 

Bringing hope and life to a valley devastated by fire

Trees Planted

Here is the full story of this project

The Intervention Area

One week after a devastating wildfire the Mossy Earth team was on the ground to assess and document its damage. It was a hugely humbling experience to see so much destruction. We have tried our best to portray this to you in our video.

Summer of Horror

On the 26th and 27th of August a wildfire burned through a large area of the Douro Natural Park. It was one of the many fires that ripped through Portugal in 2017. A summer which not only saw an abnormal 120,000 hectares burn but also the worst loss of life in the country this century, 65 victims in one day.

A Tough Fight

More than 150 firefighters were involved in putting out the Douro Valley fire supported by 51 vehicles, 2 helicopters and 1 airplane. By the afternoon of the 27th the fire was finally under control but not before causing catastrophic economic and ecological damage to the area.

The cause of the fire is thought to be of criminal nature but the perpetrator has not been caught.

The only areas in the valley that did not burn were the native forests where wild horses graze the land and the dry shrubs were fewer. This showcases that with the correct form of land management this type of disaster is avoidable.

The only areas in the valley that did not burn were the native forests where wild horses graze the land and the dry shrubs were fewer. This showcases that with the correct form of land management this type of disaster is avoidable.

Building a well

We built a well to ensure our trees have the best chance of surviving the hot Portuguese Summers.

The well uses a water source from a nearby property, a reservoir and a drip feed system that passes each individual tree.

While this does not guarantee the survival of all trees, it really helps us manage mortality rates.

Project Map

Project Layout

The majority of the trees we planted can be found in planting zones 1 to 5. This is also where we had the highest survival rates due to the installation of the watering system.

We are currently focusing our replanting in those areas as the waterlines dried up too much in Summer and we saw mortality rates soar there.

We will continue to replant until we can guarantee 7000 trees that will survive to maturity.

Project Map

The majority of the trees we planted can be found in planting zones 1 to 5. This is also where we had the highest survival rates due to the installation of the watering system.

We are currently focusing our replanting in those areas as the waterlines dried up too much in Summer and we saw mortality rates soar there.

We will continue to replant until we can guarantee 7000 trees that will survive to maturity.