Gustavo Iglesias Trabado
GIT Forestry Consulting - Consultoría y Servicios de Ingeniería Agroforestal - www.git-forestry.com - EUCALYPTOLOGICS
We have seen earlier in EUCALYPTOLOGICS some examples of old growth in the eucalypt timberbelt of Northwestern Spain, specimens representative of a middle stage (1900-1940) in the spread of these Australian trees from botanical rarities growing in plant collections or private gardens (1860-1900) to a major timber crop. The remaining trees of those old days are currently giants, and in some cases, natural monuments.
"It is the first species [E. globulus] which has become more common, be it as isolated specimens, be it forming small groves, or sometimes small forests as the so very beautiful one owned by the intelligent agriculturalist and enthusiastic friend of the trees, the Hon. Marquiss of Loureda, from whose timber the good looking telegraph poles recently installed in the Landfill Park of Corunna were provided, as construction timber for the building currently on the works at la Palloza, and many others. This proves, against common belief, it is suitable for different uses"
And also detect issues with its cold hardiness:
"This species, if thriving admirably in our temperate and humid climates, as in our seashores, suffers and even dies in the colder ones, where other already known species should be propagated since they resist very low temperatures, and could become in those forestlands and all the others available with a similar climate, a source of inmense wealth in few years".
It is in many cases this decreasing number of coppicing stumps by the end of a production cycle and not soil exhaustion what reduces timber outputs in the long term.
A humanized landscape, the same way the previous landscape before the arrival of eucalypts was. But sometimes, when wandering through these woods, especially the extramature plantings, one can easily have the impression of being walking under Australian trees in habitat.
A friendly final point for those pondering on rumours stating the expansion of Eucalyptus cultivated forests has been achieved by destroying the almost non existant for the last 200 years ecologically mature native oak forests of Galicia. Think twice and read between the lines. Foresters have been recording "what tree was growing where" from earlier times than those which made these Australian trees achieve an strategic timber resource status. Focusing a bit less on propaganda and a bit more on history might be helpful for all.
- Eucalyptus globulus. Blue Gum Eucalypt Coastal Forests in Northwestern Iberia
- Eucalyptus globulus. Tasmanian Blue Gum Eucalypt Highland Forests in Northwestern Iberia
- Eucalyptus nitens. Shining Gum Eucalypt Highland Forests in Northwestern Iberia
- Eucalyptus macarthurii . Camden Woollybutt Highland Forests in Northwestern Iberia
- Eucalyptus delegatensis. Tasmanian Oak Highland Forests in Northwestern Iberia
- Eucalyptus dalrympleana. Mountain White Gum Highland Forests in Northwestern Iberia
Have you seen the Giant Eucalyptus Movie?
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