OUR RAW MATERIAL
Radiata pine, commonly called Monterrey pine or insignis pine, is native to the west coast of the United States, specifically California. It was introduced into the Basque Country in the mid 19th century. It successfully adapted to the climate and soil of the country and even reached larger growths in less time than in its region of origin.
BASQUE COUNTRY, FOREST COUNTRY
Around 54% of the total area of the Basque Country is forested, which is one of the highest ratios in the EU. At the beginning of the 20th century 20% of the territory was wooded, and currently 55% is wooded.
In the last 40 years the amount of wood in our forests has doubled and the wooded area has increased year after year.
Forestry is still an important part of the income of the Basque rural area. From our farmhouses with our mountains we contribute not just to providing wealth to various members of the value chain but to society as a whole with our contribution to the struggle against climate change.
It is one of the very few raw materials the Basque Country has and it has the added peculiarity that our territory is the only one in Europe where the radiata pine species is grown.