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Minga: thinning pine trees in the commons

Project: Uniao Progressiva Chao Sobral

Posted by João Gonçalves about 13 years ago

volunteers from the community and the project got together to do some thinning in pine trees 2 ha area inside the commons land, shared lunch was next and was prepared by other project members


these thousands pine trees, "maritime pine" "pinus pinaster", grew out of spontaneous seed germination from the seeds of dead pines one year after a big fire in the pine tree wood, in summer of 2005. this area is next to football dirt field (now also paragliding landing site) and 500 mts away from the hamlet, at 600 mts altitude.

the minga started sunday morning and lasted until noon. participants included children, youth, adults and older men using appropriate tools. first, the tractor was used to shred trees and open alleys on the steep slope and next the remaining trees in between were thinned by using only hand tools like handsaws, steelblades and axes.

both the tractor and the shredder attached to it belong to 2 members of the project who also participated in the minga.


thinning pine

youth and adults thinning and pruning pine trees on the ridge. the sign points the direction to the"Chao Sobral" firefighting water reservoir location about 1 km away. this reservoir is a municipality built big concrete square tank for air and land water access during fires.


lunch happens next to the project building

the minga was a success, all is well and we are willing and encouraged to continue ...

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