Luberon Biosphere Reserve, France

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Luberon Biosphere Reserve, France

Post by edfrank » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:45 am

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In 1997, the territory of the Regional Natural Park of the Luberon, which had come into being twenty years beforehand, was recognised as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Located between the Vaucluse Mountains and the Durance river valley, it covers 179 600 hectares and includes 67 communes with a population of 150 000.

In the centre, the Luberon Massif rises to an altitude of 1 125 meters on Mourre-Nègre. It is at a cross-roads of climatic influences and is therefore home to a great diversity of species of plant and animal; oak forests in the Big Luberon and garrigue and cedars in the Little Luberon with a specific fauna including numerous raptors.
Luberon Biosphere Reserve 09-Lure
Inventory of remarkable trees of the Luberon Biosphere Reserve - Lure ... 09-jdhjkdg
Current Inventory 2010 - 2011

As part of the Biosphere Reserve-Lure Luberon, Parc du Luberon told the IPS tree census this remarkable territory.

Started in September 2010 the inventory of remarkable trees in the territory of the Biosphere Reserve Luberon-Lure in rural and urban, public and private spaces, parks and gardens, cultivated fields, woods and forests.

90 municipalities are involved. Identification of 19 new municipalities and update of the 2003-2005 inventory of 71 municipalities.

The primary purpose of the inventory is to establish a balance sheet as complete as possible, existing trees remarkable. The integration of this information in a specific database publicly available on the internet ( centralize information. This tool will participate in knowledge management and protection of these exceptional trees.

This is to identify individual trees, alignments and remarkable people, both native species and introduced and meet the "criteria remarquabilité" established in connection with inventories already conducted in the PACA region in the IPS (2000 2010) under the auspices of the DREAL Paca.

The responsible study of EPI Laurence Chaber work in identifying and examining trees in the field, to select those who may be considered outstanding in this vast territory.

These remarkable trees are considered:
• For their size, shape, age
• botanical rarity
• their biological characteristics: yield range, etc..
• as markers of the landscape: alignment, terminal, property line, etc..
• for a cultural role: the tree gave the neighborhood its name, instead said, it is called the pine-so, a saint and is associated with a feast, a procession;
it is a gathering place, etc..
• are considered the old varieties of fruit trees, orchards or individuals, witnesses pomological local heritage.

Recognition of exceptional trees, the inhabitants of the Biosphere Reserve Luberon-Lure will discover, if possible, highlight the remarkable trees which are an often neglected in their everyday life.
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