- It is important to take actions to safeguard forests, says Claudia Hernández Espino.
Marco Santos / The Voice of Durango
Unfortunately, in some municipalities of the entity cases of pests were recorded, as reported by Claudia Hernández Espino, head of the Secretariat of Natural Resources and Environment (SRNMA), the presence of bark beetles and defoliators, species that cause damage, has been identified mainly. to the trees and leaves, promoting the development of outbreaks that can significantly affect the forests.
So far, these pests have affected approximately six thousand hectares, representing double the impact compared to the previous year.
Hernández Espino explained that the presence of these pests in forested areas is considered normal within the biological cycle; However, constant monitoring and permanent surveillance are carried out to prevent its proliferation.
It is important to highlight that the Secretariat of Natural Resources and Environment distributed around 500 traps with pheromones during the year, which were placed in various municipalities in the mountainous area of the state. This measure helped keep the spread of the plague under control. However, due to drought, forests have experienced stress, making it crucial to contain the situation in a timely manner.
It is worth mentioning that the most affected municipalities include Pueblo Nuevo, San Dimas, Santiago Papasquiaro, Tepehuanes, Mezquital and a large part of the mountain area of Durango, and in the coming days, the National Forestry Commission (Conafor) in collaboration with the state government, will carry out an overflight over these areas to evaluate the magnitude of these pests.