In this new post, we are giving some data about the valuable forest heritage present at Cuenca province. To do this, we have taken as source of information the National Forest Inventory (IFN), a project carried out to obtain the maximum information available on the situation, ownership, nature, legal status, evolution and production capacity of all kind of goods of Spanish forests.
The IFN was started in the Ministry of Agriculture as a national project to know the forest and its resources. After fifty years, it has become in a monitoring system of the forests state which is essential in a society that increasingly values these principles.
In particular, we analyze the latest survey (IFN3, 2004), hoping that soon we’ll have the data of the second decade of this century. The basic unit of work is the province and, as a continuous survey, the same measurements are repeated every 10 years across the whole country.
IFN3 estimates in the province of Cuenca 252,360 millions of large trees (those with more than 75 mm thick trunk at 1.3 meters height). Of these, 73% (almost three quarters) of the total correspond to five different pine species, 22% to oak species (holm oak and portuguese oak) and the rest to other formations (especially species of Juniperus genus).
If we analyze the data per capita, in Cuenca we have 1,238 large trees per capita, in contrast to the national average of 139 large trees per capita. Higher differences if we only include pine species: more than 900 large trees / inhabitant in Cuenca and just 63 in the national average.
1,238 feet of large trees per capita, this is the forestry statistic of Cuenca province.
Analyzing the data by species, black pine (Pinus nigra) is the king of our forests with nearly 100 million large trees (40% of the total amount), followed by the holm oak (Quercus ilex) with just over 40 million trees and several pine species exceeding each one 22 million large trees (Pinus halepensis, Pinus pinaster and Pinus sylvestris). Cuenca is also the province with the highest number of black pine trees in Spain, accounting nearly 19% of the national amount.
We’ll be waiting the next IFN update to see the trends, but with respect to data from previous inventories we can see that the number of large trees has been increased: in 191 millions in 1968, 183 millions in 1993 and the abovementioned 252 millions in 2004.