The LIFE Project CARBAUS was present at the II International Congress of Silviculture atFlorence (November 26th-29th , 2014).
On the 100th anniversary of the foundation of National Forest Institute, the Italian Academy of Forest Sciences, together with the Italian State Forest Service and the Tuscany Region, organizes the Second International Congress of Silviculture. In this historical period the use of forest resources and consequently silviculture, are acquiring a growing importance in the economy of individual countries, with environmental effects that have an impact on a global scale.
On the Session 2 - Silviculture and protective functions of the forest of the 26th November, the LIFE Project CARABUS was introduced with a poster and an oral communication: Beech forest management and biodiversity conservation in a Natura 2000 site of Berretti R., Vacchiano G., Motta R., Negro M., Palestrini C. & Rolando A.
You can download the poster and the oral communication at the following links:
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 took place a meeting with workers of the tourism sector of Bielmonte, the objectives of the meeting were to approach to the natural features that distinguish Alta Val Sessera, discuss the actions covered by the LIFE project and evaluate together how to promote these issues from the point of view of the tourism.
The meeting was very interesting and helpful and made it possible to usher in the didactic hall of the project (Action E6).
The monitoring of Carabus olympiae continues: from the first days of June were captured a total of 27 Carabus olympiae in 120 traps. Of these animals,18 were fitted with a radio transmitter and subsequently released into the beech forest managed according to the traditional practice of silviculture and in a beech forest control. Several specimens have lost the radio after a few surveys but all in all, despite the difficulties due to weather conditions, the results are interesting.
The next year we will do the same experiment in the areas of beech forest that will be cut following practices more responsive to the conservation of the species. The experiment of radio telemetry for this year is heading toward the end as the period of maximum activity of the species is June / July.
With regard to breeding at the Monte Marca there are four pairs in terrariums. Some eggs have been laid and in the coming weeks we will see if we are able to complete the development.
On 24 August 2014 the group of Biella of the Italian School of Nordic Walking visited the areas affected by the project LIFE Carabus. Technical staff of the project had guided a walk, in this walk the personal showed the Carabus and the techniques used in the LIFE project.
60 Children of the program “Estate ragazzi di Tollegno” had visited the areas of the project LIFE Carabus the 18th of July of 2014. Technical staff of the project had guided a walk, in this walk the personal showed the Carabus and the techniques used in the LIFE project. Children had showed a great enthusiasm in the initiative.