For an oak tree to reach its height of 50 meters it must pass between 200 to 300 years.
Those years are the ones we have to wait for Chirripo National Park to recover their oaks which were turned into ashes by the fire sparked on February 27 and ended on 26 March.
In total, 156 hectares were lost, 135 of which are within the protected forest area. Of these, 70 hectares were primary forest.
According to Oscar Esquivel, head of the Fire Management Program Conservation Area Pacific La Amistad (Aclap), environmental damage was quantified economically ¢ 444,360,940.
This amount includes operating expenses arising from emergency care, the social cost of what the community will no longer receive from tourism, water and carbon storage due to the impairment suffered by the ecosystem, plus the cost of implies that recovery will take the forest to reach the levels it had before being devoured by flames.
National parks are protected areas, and serve as habitat and biological corridor of endangered species. Its forests protect watersheds and buffer the effects of global warming.
In fact, one of the main environmental services provided by the Chirripo is related to works as a water reservoir.
“The park would supply Perez Zeledon and studies indicate that the rivers could supply liquid to the entire coastal area,” said Ronald Chang, director of Aclap.
Now, the loss of forest biological and involves an imbalance will be reflected in the declining populations of quetzals, because these birds rely on big, dry logs to make their nests.
“Remember that there are species of the cloud forest that simply do not fit the wilderness and when they have no habitat, these species migrate or die,” said Chang.
Marlon Salazar, environmental consultant Tropical Science Center (CCT) and biology expert on high ground, said forest recovery depends not only on the birth of vegetation.
These plants must be able to produce enough food to attract animals and many of them require a dense forest for shelter and nesting.