Dr James Aronson (2nd from left) and Dr Luis Balaguer (4th) visit the sightening area of the PMR 'Teixera d'Agres', with the plant conservation officers Xavier Garcia (1st from the left, CIEF's expertise in Yew conservation) and Dr Joan Pérez-Botella (3rd, Generalitat Valenciana's Biodiversity Service in Alicante province) © E. Laguna, 23.05.2010, Agres, Alicante, Spain.
The Valencian Plant Micro-reserves network has been choosed by Dr. James Aronson (Head of Restoration Ecology group in the Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, CEFE-CNRS, Montpellier, France) and his close collaborator Dr. Luis Balaguer (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain) as one of the examples of results in active works of restoration ecology, during a tour made during these weeks through Spain. Dr. Aronson is one of the most cellebrated researchers and practicioners on restoration ecology around the world, as well as one of the most relevant members of the SER (Society of Ecological Restoration), being the Series Editor of the SER & Island Press Ecological Restoration Book Series "The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration". During their visit to the Valencian Community, Drs. Aronson and Balaguer joined plant officers carried out of plant restoration projects in the Service of Biodiversity and the CIEF (Centro para la Investigación y Experimentación Forestal), and discussed on selected topics of the works developed in the PMR network. A joint excursion with managers of PMRs and plant conservation officers was made to the PMR 'Teixera d'Agres' (Agres, Alicante), where Drs. Aronson and Balaguer could see in situ actions to restore the ancient local forests of Yew (Taxus baccata), seriously damaged by forest fires and plantations of exotic invasive species (Robinia pseudoacacia).
CIEF's plant conservation officer Pablo Ferrer discuss with Drs. James Aronson and Luis Balaguer on restoration problems found and goals proposed for the PMR network. © E. Laguna, 23.05.2010.