Pine Forest of Eraclea Mare
Since 1999 Veneto Agricoltura has been managing the Ca’ Mello Oasis, a large area located on the island of Donzella, in the Po Delta, within the boundaries of the Regional Park and the Site of Community Importance called the Po Delta: final stretch and the Veneto Delta. The area, once largely cultivated, thanks to repeated interventions of environmental rehabilitation, is now an ecosystem rich in biodiversity.
The Donzella Forest was realized between 1999 and 2000 with community funding. The plant has an extension of about 80 hectares and constitutes one of the most extensive interventions of forestation implemented in the region. Due to its location between the humid areas of the Ca’ Mello Oasis and the Bonello biotope, the area plays an important role as an ecological corridor connecting the two biotopes.
For the realization of the forest were used over 115,000 forest seedlings of native species, typical of coastal and lowland stands: holm oak, downy oak, oak, ash oxyphyllum, manna ash, poplars, willows, alders, olive, tamarisk, hawthorn, juniper, etc..
Some areas, inside or at the edge of the forest, have been maintained as grassland; in some areas, where the presence of salinity in the soil is stronger, the presence of glasswort and other halophytic species is characteristic.
This forest is part of the Lowland Forest Association.
FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability.