In 2023-2024, the L'OCCITANE Foundation is supporting the ONF Endowment Fund "Agir pour la forêt" and its post-fire planting project in the Sénart forest, which consists of reconstituting part of the burnt forest in adapting to climate change by choosing species that are resistant to rising temperatures.
The teams carry out observation work by looking for which trees are adapted to the forest and to climate change. In some cases and when the situation proves necessary, the foresters plan to replant where the fire has passed, this is the case in the forest of Sénart.
A soil analysis was carried out beforehand, then the ONF teams determined that three species could be adapted to the soil and climate change in Sénart: maritime pine, pubescent oak and Tauzin oak.
The planting will be preceded by tillage to decompact it and facilitate root establishment of the trees. Then, the plants will be protected by vegetation that has settled in well. The plot will then be managed and gradually converted into irregular high forest.
This project is part of the adaptation of French public forests to climate change on a national scale. The goal is to make them more resilient thanks to a choice of more suitable species than what was initially planned. In the Sénart forest, oaks from more southern sources will be planted on this plot.
A total of 20,876 trees will be planted, with a density of 1097 trees per hectare, in order to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.