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The use of timber from the Gran Canaria Biosphere Reserve forests has changed over time. With the arrival of the Hispanic culture, timber from the forests (termophile, pine and laurel forests) was widely utilized for many and important uses: building, fuel, hull sealing, domestic furniture, etc. Later, technological advances allowed the use of new resources for such uses and the massive logging for timber stopped.

Reforestation took place at the island tops, which had been deserted, using mainly Canary Islands pine (Pinus canariensis) as well as other species. The latter, even when helped to recover the lost forest stand, were alien species, so today an effort is being made to carry out the reforestation with the species originally present in our ecosystem: the laurel forest.

Today, wood obtained from native species (mainly Pinus canariensis) is used at a very low scale and only for handicraft items. The rest of the timber supply comes from introduced species such as Chestnut or Eucalyptus. We must highlight the innovative and sustainable use of forest biomass as a power supply resource using Eucalyptus trees.

 

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