Since 2019, Klorane Botanical Foundation has been working alongside the Duramen Association to preserve a forest ecosystem in Sologne, north-central France.
Located in France’s Centre-Val de Loire region, Sologne is a wild yet peaceful region, covered with forests and ponds to the delight of hikers and nature lovers alike. With no less than 2,800 ponds in total, the area is an immense biodiversity reservoir!
A natural forest region, it’s the only one in France to be officially protected by its own administrative boundary.
A threatened forest
Within a private 73-hectare forest, chiefly made up of deciduous trees (including oak, birch, chestnut and aspen), a one-hectare plot saw the chestnut trees begin to wither due to an ink disease. Caused by fungi from the Phytophtora family, the disease leads to root rot. In the most severe cases, it can attack the collar at the base of the tree trunk.
Eventually, without human intervention, the forest would have no future.
Aware of the urgency, the landowner approached silviculture management and works technicians at the Unisylva Forest Cooperative to establish and implement a plan for his trees. He then decided to submit his plans to the Duramen Association, which, having studied his approach, undertook to lend a hand and come to the rescue of this vast forest ecosystem. Klorane Botanical Foundation supported this local initiative working to support biodiversity.
Objectives: clean up and diversify
On the plot affected by the disease, a clear-cut of the coppice was first carried out to clean up the forest stands.
Then, in order to ensure the sustainability of the forest in an area largely populated by deciduous trees, choosing a coniferous species better suited to today’s climate change led the team to the maritime pine. This helps diversify the plants introduced and therefore contribute to biodiversity.
Newly planted trees capture and store CO2 and help maintain wood resources for future generations, representing a renewable and recyclable material, in accordance with the associated PEFC forest certification awarded.