Regional government lifts protection order on tree zones preserved ‘by error’

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THE Regional Government of the Balearic Islands has put forward a measure that will remove protection from seven areas of holm oaks that were considered worthy of preservation in 2001.
The government alleged that there was a mapping error and that no holm oaks, an oak with spiny, holly-like leaves native to Mediterranean areas, exist in the areas. The soon-to-be unprotected zones are in the Puig de Santuiri (Pollença), Alcudia, Son Ramis (Inca), Carrossa and Bellpuig (Arta) and Son Ferra (Esporles).
This measure comes after several local landowners complained to the Environment Department that they were not able to build on the land covered by the preservation order.
The family owner of the Son Ramis cottage in Inca announced four months ago that they intended to pursue legal action if the government rejected their petition to revise holm oak protected areas.

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