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Date Wed, 10 Jul 2019 09:12:43 +0300

As a bad student, who year after year is not able in winter to pass the different subjects that the nine months of school year, the Board of Castilla y León in Segovia, is still choking the environmental subject and one more summer Today, the first day of July, the three months of summer have to be studied, with high economic and human efforts, as the bulk of the operation to extinguish forest fires begins in the province of Segovia and throughout the regional territory. that in the end the result is uncertain. ---- This student simile can be applied to the territorial environment service of Segovia and its political managers. Territorial service that every day is more like a desert, a desert in which you can end up turning our mountains, forest lands, habitats in general great ecological, landscape and recreational value, as we leave from Segovian society aside our rich provincial ecosystems.

Every summer we hear in the news repeatedly that "... the Junta de Castilla y León will invest millions of euros in the prevention and extinction of forest fires in the province." In the end, it is the former named subject, as the administration has not been able to carry out their tasks during the winter, prevention, in summer they must redouble their efforts to put out the fire, the extinction that is coming year after year, fire that only goes off if the weather and geographical conditions are right.

To not depend on the good weather luck, the combustible material is completed, ie trees, shrubs, grasses, housing and other elements that find the fire in its path completely burned, ultimately of the lucky in the extinction of forest fires , adequate conditions have to be given in the forests, which will only be achieved if preventive silvicultural work is carried out in the appropriate periods on the forest surfaces and for this it must have resources, both economic as humans.

It is clear that there are economic resources, political will less , because every year increases spending on firefighting and not prevention , for example from 2014 to 2015 this expenditure increased by 12%, from 47 to 53.3 million euros. The personnel dedicated to these tasks in the community, according to the Chief of Defense of the Natural Environment are 4,369 people in 2018, of which only 56% of those are public employees, the rest of them belong to private companies in the sector, especially Tragsa, carrying out these silvicultural tasks between 4 and 10 months per year, many of them coinciding with those of greater time of fire danger in the forest masses, with the added risk that this entails.

As has been well said, the theme "fire-fighting", forest checkpoints, would give in itself for a specific complaint in the labor and environmental field, companies that perform silvicultural work on forest land and make use of equipment with a high risk in This is the time of maximum fire danger , in summer, since chainsaws, brush cutters, chippers, skidders, forwarders, forestry tractors, trucks and other used mechanical equipment can produce a spark or even burn with the consequent damage to the environment.

This is not here, this operation of forest checkpoints, which are contracted to put out fires, work during their working day cutting, clearing, stacking branches and in those jobs that are not done in winter . If there is no type of fire or conatus of the same in the forest masses of the province or community, they return to their homes with work on the body, but if a fire occurs , both in the day and out of it, they must go to the same one to suffocate the flames, extending this way their labor day, their fatigue, with the consequent risk for the health of these workers .

In the Territorial Environment Service of Segovia, there are a sufficient number of places for forestry workers and tractor drivers, who could carry out these preventive silvicultural tasks during the winter season , without the enormous costs for the administration that the campaign entails of extinction of fires and the later repopulation of the calcinated lands, in Segovia there are 15 places of tractoristas, of which only 4 are occupied, that is to say 75% of the squares are empty and as for the forest peons there are 21 squares of which only 3 are occupied, ie 86% free .

When these covered places are not found, the administration and its managers resort to private or "semi-public" companies for the development of the works that would have to be executed by the public employee, benefiting these private companies and damaging our pocket and times to the environment. The private company benefits, in some cases, in that it only has to hire the worker with normally low wages, worse working conditions, because the administration is already in place to put the tractors that will perform the work on the mountain, which results in great benefits. for the contract, since, you do not have to worry about or fix the breakdowns of these vehicles, working as a temporary work agency, but with higher hiring budgets.

This situation is aggravated by the lack of public announcements in these positions or hiring from the employment exchanges in them, makes our forest masses are in the hands of these companies "semi-public" or private seeking more than a correct execution of the works, simply the realization of the same, leaving on many occasions forest tracks in poor conditions of trafficability, harlot accumulated under the trees, trails and creepers without repair once used with the consequent deterioration of them when it rains, damage on the regeneration of the tree masses and on the feet cut, burn under trees in good condition, feet in poor sanitary conditions with pests that can spread to the rest of the mass, untimely actions or not perform the same on forest resources and other damages that often, because not visible, are harmful for the correct health of these masses.

The hiring of public employees to carry out the work, would entail multiple socio-economic benefits, public employees are cheaper , as well as for the rural environment and the forest masses, decent and quality employment for forest workers, that these jobs be supervised by the administration because when carried out by it, the conditions in which these ecosystems would be adequate, by prioritizing the quality of the execution over the quantity of the executed, the work would be carried out in a timely manner, in winter and appropriately , dedicating thesummer for the exclusive tasks of surveillance and control of habitats , as well as reducing the budget allocated to the extinction of fires and subsequent reforestation , due to this improvement in the forest masses, rural depopulation and population fixation of the various regions of the province, as many of the existing and vacant places are distributed throughout the provincial geography, wealth would be generated in the rural environment , to put in value the forest masses of the province, with the continuous rise of rural tourism.

For all these reasons, the Junta de Castilla y León and its political leaders begin to really work for the conservation of our environment, for rural development and to avoid the depopulation of our community, not only being the text of the advertising campaigns or when it is convenient and that we repeatedly listen to in the different media, but the cornerstone of their policies and our development as a community.

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