“Muntanya del Voltor”
Land stewardship project
The mountains surrounding Valldemossa have become recently the destination of thousand of hikers that want to enjoy the scenic landscapes of the area. Because of its proximity to Palma, the town of Valldemossa is the main entry to the Tramuntana mountain range.
Due to this human pressure, together with the abandonment of traditional activities and the lack of values and respect of some visitors, Pla des Pouet has turned into a overcrowded and degradated area. Drought, goats and a lack of forest management have driven flora communities to a fragile conservation status. On the other hand, the value of most of the cultural heritage spots (viewpoints, wells and huts) is endangered because of its deterioration.
Facing this general decline, the landlords of the affected fincas decided to run in common a pioneer landstewarship iniciative. Thus, the aim is to coordinate the restoration and conservation of the cultural and natural heritage with the hiking and educational activities.
Fincas of Can Costa, Son Moragues, Son Gual and Son Gual Petit (which extend around 300 hectares) gathered to create the Associacio Muntanya del Voltor (Mountain of the Vulture Association). The goal of this Associacio is to manage the area, restore the natural and cultural values and regulate the public use.
During the first stage of the landstewarship inicitive, the Fundació Vida Silvestre de la Mediterrania (FVSM) (Mediterranean Wildlife Fund) was the organization in charge of the design and implementation of the management programme. Two years after the commencement, the Associacio Muntanya del Voltor took responsibility for the project.
The inicitive has the support, among others, of the Valldemossa Town Hall and the Mountaineering and Rock Climbing Federation.