THE FOREST RESERVE PROJECT
The forest reserve in Valle di Lodano was established by the Patriziato of Lodano in 2010 and expanded in 2015. It is based on Canton Ticino’s concept for the creation of forest reserves. Its objectives are:
- Natural-scientific: to safeguard the natural evolution of the forest and in particular the genetic heritage of the silver fir; to support the monitoring and evolution of forest types.
- Recreational-educational: to draw attention to an area of significant natural interest and to promote environmental education and the value of nature.
The 766 hectares of forest that make up the reserve are subject to protective status for a period of 50 years. The forest is left to follow its own natural evolution, with no indications of disturbances from human activities. After a sufficiently long time period, the forest evolves to its primary state, with structure and composition dictated exclusively by natural conditions. Soil, climate, and biological communities are untouched by activities such as the cutting of timber; the collection of ground cover, needles, and leaves; or the grazing of animals.