In this context, the ONF, supported in 2021-2022 by L'Occitane France and the L'OCCITANE Foundation, plans to renew the forest by planting, with the main objective of obtaining more resilient forest stands diversified in plant species. The smooth elm is a rare species (and protected in Picardy) that often accompanies the oak in wet woodlands. Old trees remain, but the species has difficulty in regenerating naturally. This project is the first essential step of the plantation.
In the long term, this project aims to preserve a rare and locally protected natural heritage, to maintain the wetland forest ecosystem, to improve scientific knowledge and finally to provide an educational support for horticultural teaching.