Foresters prevent forest fires in Portugal with woody biomass

In the northern and central regions of Portugal, forest owners and managers are looking for ways to prevent forest fires while running their businesses in a viable way. Rosario Alves, executive director of the Associação Florestal de Portugal (Forestis), the federation of Portuguese forest owner organisations, says: “Residues of forests, like shrubs and wood that remain on the ground after harvesting or thinning, act as fuel in terms of fire. Even though foresters are aware of the risks of wildfires, many small Portuguese forest owners are finding it too costly to perform tending operations.” […]


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