Biodiversity, queen of departmental forests

Biodiversity, queen of departmental forests
Biodiversity, queen of departmental forests

Owner of 360 hectares of forests, the Departmental Council has made these sites privileged areas for the development of fauna and flora. On the occasion of the International Biodiversity Day, May 22, Fabien Bazin, president of the Department, and Blandine Delaporte, first vice-president, went to the Crot de la Vouavre departmental forest, in Saint-Honoré- les-Bains, to talk about management, future and climate change with the National Forestry Office (ONF), responsible for the development of this heritage.

Under the protective foliage of an oak with a large gnarled trunk, and in a silence pierced by birdsong, the International Day of Biodiversity had a scent of humus and downpour, Wednesday May 22, in the Crot forest de la Vouavre, on the heights of Saint-Honoré-les-Bains. A dream setting and an ideal day for Fabien Bazin, president of the Departmental Council, and Blandine Delaporte, first vice-president, who came to talk about the future of the departmental forests in the company of Stéphanie Robinet, deputy general director, and management agents Transitions, and technicians from the National Forestry Office (1).

Responsible for implementing the development plans for the 360 ​​hectares of forests (including 60 at Crot de la Vouavre) belonging to the Departmental Council, the ONF is a leading partner for the community. It is up to him to ensure the triple vocation of these seven forests: the production of wood, the protection of the environment and the reception of the public. Climate change, which has been accelerating in recent years, is disrupting the long-term management of departmental forests, whose planning documents are designed for twenty years.

In the wake of the climate change adaptation strategy initiated in 2018, the integration, in 2021, of this forest heritage into the Sensitive Natural Areas of the Department illustrates the desire to protect forests which are already feeling the effects of water stress and heatwaves. The Imagine la Nièvre citizen debates! also expressed a strong expectation of “key biodiversity areas”.

With the development plans coming to an end in 2027, reflection is beginning on the future: multiplying the islands of aging and senescence, which place certain plots “under cover”, considering new species capable of withstanding climate variations, etc. The avenues need to be refined, after taking stock of the last 15 or 20 years. “We will take the time to prepare future planning documents,” assures Fabien Bazin, who wishes, in the short term, to make these departmental forests better known and use them as educational materials: “We must explain the forest, inform, communicate , but also tell how planning documents work. »

1. Jérôme Rolland, director of the Bourgogne-Ouest agency (Nièvre and Yonne); Yann Mozziconacci, head of the Burgundy-West Works department; Guillaume Gillon, head of the Sud-Nivernais territorial unit; Audrey Billoué, forestry technician in Vandenesse.

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