Photographer's Note

This landscape from the sacred valley could seem to be traditional but it's a complete illusion. Since its introduction in 1870 from Australia for the mining companies, the Eucalyptus has expanded in the whole Sierra, above all since 1964 when the United States organized a program of expansion of wood plantations focalized on this species, sinking the other native species into oblivion. Today these native species are highly endangered, in spite of their good technical properties. The Eucalyptus constitutes today one of the main elements of the Sierra's landscape as shown by this picture. There is no associated industry but it's wide used localy for firewood, protection of slopes, charcoal, mine wood, craft (furniture, carpentry), and also for essential oil and apiculture.

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