In the heart of Holy Week, in a meeting that attracted almost all of the residents of Descargamaria, an initiative of the Mosaic project was consolidated that contains many possibilities for the town and the region. Since November of this year, work was being done to find a solution to the unsettling panorama of the forests of Descargamaria, a powdery den of very dense and continuous pines, in a difficult geography and at the confluence of the Valle del Árrago, between the villages of Cadalso, Robledillo de Gata and las Hurdes. Mountains that are largely private, in a town in an advanced process of abandonment, where neighbors also saw with concern the state of their territory and the danger of a major fire as they suffered a few years ago. A situation that thanks to the agreement reached, has unlocked an impossible relationship: The Board that could not act in their preventive work in private forests and the neighbors can not assume the costs of maintaining some farms that hardly give any wealth.
The solution reached is to include the 4,000 hectares of private forests under the legal umbrella of an Agrupación de Monte Protector. With this figure of private and public scope, the Board can act on this territory and the neighbors do not lose the benefits generated by their properties. With this historic agreement Descargamaria will be the holder of the first Protector Mountain of Extremadura and the second one that exists in Spain. This creates an important precedent for other territories, where neither the administration nor the owners, can take charge effectively in the work of fire prevention. It is a concrete testimony of collaboration to achieve a common goal of greater security.
In the words of Fernando Pulido, director of the Mosaico project “what has been achieved in Descargamaria is the greatest achievement to date for the Mosaic, there are 4,000 hectares where we can plan a better defended territory and a satisfaction for those who have promoted this initiative and for the neighbors ”
Descargamaria, a town that is on the threshold of no return, because of the scarce resident population, can in turn find a boost in this declaration and start making its mountains attractive to new settlers.