Advantages

Benefits for the environment
Poplar brings benefits for the quality of air, water, and soil

It helps improve the quality of water, soil, and air.
Poplar cultivation creates a beautiful landscape, enriches eco-systems, limits desertification and soil erosion.

In other words, the wood industry based on the use of poplar is not only sustainable, but it even helps the environment in more than one way; not to mention that wood derivatives continue to capture carbon from the atmosphere.

From carbon sink to phytoremediation

One cubic metre of wood is equal to one tonne of CO2 less in the atmosphere. In twelve years, one hectare of poplar trees purifies some 41,500 m3 of water. These are only some aspects that describe the importance of poplar, as it can supply high amounts of high-quality wood over a short period of time whilst respecting the ecological balance. But there’s more. Poplar cultivation can also play an active part against pollution and ecosystem degradation through phytoremediation, using plant organisms to purify contaminated waters, soil, and air. Wooded buffer strips are an excellent example.

Focus on wooded buffer strips

Planted as a single type of tree or together with other species, poplar can serve effectively as a buffer strip. It does so in linear bands (single or multiple rows, according to company requirements and available surface) planted in the proximity of waterways and cultivated soil, in order to trap agricultural runoff before they enter the main bodies of water.

Buffer strips are not only used for improving the quality of water and of the ecosystem, but also allow for farm diversification. Even in this case, poplar gives wood for the machining industry or the energy production industry whilst enhancing the environment and the landscape. What benefits and opportunities come from wooded buffer strips?

ECOLOGY AND ECONOMIC VALUE
The use of poplar trees in wooded buffer strips is an important example of multifunctional and sustainable agriculture. In fact, it allows for agricultural production differentiation with a positive impact on farm income. It also helps improve the quality of water, air, and soil.

From an environmental point of view:

  1. CONTROL OF AGRICULTURAL NITRATE LEACHING
    Microbial denitrification enhancement
    Nutrient absorption
    Physical water filtration through sedimentation
  2. PHYTO-PURIFICATION
  3. INCREASE IN BIODIVERSITY
  4. WINDBREAK
  5. SOIL EROSION CONTROL
  6. CO2 REDUCTION

From the farm’s point of view:

  1. WOOD PRODUCTION
    Raw material for the processing industry
    Raw material for energy production
  2. ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTION
    Honey, food and medicinal plants, wild fruits, mushrooms and truffle, game
  3. FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION
    For environmental and production enhancement

Certifications

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