According to the U.N. FAO, 38.1% or about 3,456,000 ha of Portugal is forested, according to FAO. Of this 0.7% ( 24,000 ) is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-dense form of forest.
How much of Portugal is forest?
Forest of Portugal
Currently, the Portuguese forest area occupies about 3.3 million hectares (8.15 million acres).
Is there a forest in Portugal?
Portugal has one of the largest wooded areas in Europe (35.8% of its area). This forest is 85% private, and the rest of the forest heritage is held mainly by the communes; the state only possesses 3% of it. The Portuguese forest is mainly composed of leafy species such as oak, chestnut or eucalyptus.
Are there woods in Portugal?
The diversity of Portuguese forests is big. There are oak forests, pine forests, eucalyptus forests, cork oak forests, sweet chestnuts stands and Laurissilva. Some of the forests are very special – for their history, the amazing landscapes, unique trees, biodiversity or for their educational and scientific value.
Are pine trees native to Portugal?
The main pine tree in Portugal is the Maritime Pine or Cluster Pine (Pinus pinaster) which is used in timber production for construction, furniture and poles.
What trees are protected in Portugal?
Cork oak and Holm Oak are protected trees in Portugal. If you are carrying out land cleaning, you need the permission of ICNF, BEFORE pruning or cutting down these trees.