Cork oak - A national treasure
The cork oak stands out as one of the greatest natural treasures of Portugal for the excellence of environmental services it provides. Standing out soil conservation, settlement of carbon and biodiversity conservation. The exploitation of the cork, moreover, is an environmentally sustainable process, no tree is cut and only 9 in 9 years stripping is performed. The cork oak, in turn, is a forest system, which grows a variety of Mediterranean shrubs: strawberry trees, mastic trees, broom tree and heather. The cork oak is still inhabited by wild cats and Iberian lynx, endangered species, in addition to the usual game species - rabbits, hares and partridges, important from the point of view of the food chain.