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Cork extraction season has started for 2024

Cork extraction in Spain and Portugal is a traditional and environmentally sustainable practice primarily focused on harvesting cork from the cork oak tree (Quercus suber). Cork oak trees are primarily found in the Mediterranean region, with Spain and Portugal being the leading producers. Cork oak forests, known as montados in Portugal and dehesas in Spain, are crucial for biodiversity. They provide habitat for various species, including the endangered Iberian lynx and the imperial eagle.

The cork harvest typically takes place during the warmer months of the year, from late spring to early summer. The specific period for cork extraction usually spans from May to August, and has started for year 2024. Weather conditions have been excellent during the winter to allow the cork extraction during the summer. This timing is crucial because the warm weather allows the cork to be more easily separated from the tree without causing damage to the inner bark, which is essential for the tree’s health and future productivity.

Cork extraction from cork oak trees in Spain and Portugal is a centuries-old practice that combines economic, environmental, and social benefits. The sustainable nature of cork harvesting ensures that these forests will continue to thrive and support biodiversity while providing high-quality material for various industries.

For more information, please contact Tapani Pahkasalo tapani.pahkasalo@dasos.fi