Vallevecchia pine forest

Extensive pinewoods, lagoons, dunes and cultivated fields: it is the Vallevecchia Pine Forest, located between the two famous seaside resorts of Caorle and Bibione, in the province of Venice.

For those who don’t know it yet, Vallevecchia is an area of extraordinary naturalistic-environmental value, one of the largest coastal dune systems of Veneto and the last stretch of undeveloped coastline of the Northern Adriatic. The island covers about 900 hectares, of which 360 are used for experimental and low environmental impact production. Approximately 150 hectares are instead made up of sandy beach, lowland woods, coastal pine forest and newly formed wetlands.

Vallevecchia is one of the few places where it is still possible to observe the typical flora and fauna of sandy coasts, and is a reference point for birdwatchers and for all those seeking a different vacation from those offered by the nearby seaside resorts. By bike, on horseback or on foot, the island is simply amazing, a corner of paradise that the European Union has recognized as a Special Protection Area and Site of Community Importance, which are part of the Rete Natura 2000. And where the sounds of nature and the many species of animals and plants that inhabit the pine forest, the wetlands and the beach reign supreme.

Since 2008 Vallevecchia is even richer thanks to the Environmental Museum (MAV), a structure in which the history and the important naturalistic values of the site are documented (with over 250 species of birds ValleVecchia is one of the most important Italian areas for avifauna). But the MAV is destined to become, above all, a multifunctional center dedicated to the environment and local culture. On the three floors of the building, the historical, naturalistic, managerial and productive aspects of the Vallevecchia area and the Caorle Lagoon are discussed.

This forest is part of the Lowland Forest Association.

Certification

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.

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