16 Feb '15, 2am

Portugal cork forests sustain #IberianLynx @wwf_portugal Related vid:

For the second year, I’ve co-taught a documentary production course at Pace University in which a team of graduate and undergraduate communication students travels on spring break not to lounge on a beach, but to shoot a short film with an environmental theme. Last year’s film focused on an American woman working for decades in Belize to farm shrimp with limited environmental impacts . This year, the destination was Portugal and the subject cork: For centuries, this versatile material — harvested by stripping the bark from a certain oak species once every decade or so — was the only choice for sealing wine bottles. At its peak, the trade supported thousands of workers, from bark-stripping crews in the rural communities around the forests to the factory workers in towns like Coruche, in southern Portugal. It also sustained ecosystems that, while heavily shaped and exploited...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/from-bark-to...

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