Eight months after the devastating wildfires that killed 47 people on the EN236 at Pedrógão Grande, eucalyptus trees are once more growing “strong among the ashes”.
The sides of the road that became a smelting oven last June show a scenario that noticias magazine calls “both terrifying and disturbing”.
The reason: eucalyptus trees rapidly recover after fires.
Activists warn: “Every day that passes, the country loses the chance to reform the shape of its forests”.
Meantime, the law limiting the planting of new eucalyptus plantations is still not in force, while the ‘race’ by cellulose producers to plant new trees has been full on for months (click here)