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ICNF blamed for loss of 9,000 hectares of the ‘King’s Pine Forest’

PinhalLeiriaPortugal’s tourism authority for central Portugal promotes the historic Leiria Pine Forest, known also as the King’s Pine Forest (Pinhal do Rei), which was planted in the C13th on the orders of King D. Afonso III to ensure a steady and sustainable supply of wood to build the caravels and other ships that led the Discoveries.

The forest was extended on the order of King D. Dinis I, and for centuries, in an early example of sustainability, for every tree cut, one was planted.


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