In Palo Laziale, the shrub cutting operations have been carried out in the area of "high Mediterranean woodlands" over two separated stages. A first intervention, initiated on February 27th and completed on March 28th, 2019, allowed the elimination of a most considerable amount of encroaching shrubs across the 40-ha area covered by habitat 91M0 (about 70% of adult individuals, mostly from Rubus ulmifolius and other Rubus sp.).

The intervention also included the restoration of the existing road system to allow the transit of rescue vehicles and ground personnel in fire and a shrub-cutting in the underground tank's construction area (part of Action C.3). All the organic material deriving from the trimming was chipped on the spot and left in place. Mechanical means were used to remove the understory's encroaching shrubs using various tools, from forestry machines with different trimming power to manual trimmers for selective clearing around the plants (Figures 1, 2, and 3 in Annex Action C.2).

 

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