Seprona agents seize 48 illegally cut heather vines in the Sierra de las Nieves

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Seprona agents seize 48 illegally cut heather vines in the Sierra de las Nieves. image: civil guard

48 illegally cut heather vines in the Sierra de las Nieves seized by Seprona agents

Guardia Civil agents seized 48 stumps of heather (Erica arborea) cut illegally in the Sierra de las Nieves National Park. Three individuals were thus denounced. The cutting of this plant, known for its exceptional botanical richness, is considered harmful to the environment.

The incident happened when officers from the Marbella Nature Protection Patrol (Seprona), then on duty in the national park, intercepted a vehicle.

When they inspected the contents of the vehicle, they discovered that it was carrying a total of 48 stumps of heather, weighing approximately 400 kg, as well as two chainsaws and two axes.

A statement from the Guardia Civil said that subsequently the two occupants of the vehicle were identified, along with another third person, all residents of the Cadiz municipality of Jimena de la Frontera.

Following this discovery, the agents proceeded to confiscate the stumps of heather, and formulated the corresponding complaints, for violation of forest and mountain regulations.

This type of wood is commonly used for processing into smoking pipes and can fetch considerable market value. Its traditional use is regulated by an authorization from the Territorial Delegation for Sustainable Development of the Junta de Andalucia, as reported malagahoy.es.

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