The recent bad weather, which has caused a number of problems throughout Kefalonia, has affected the fir forest of the National Park of Ainos. Specifically strong winds caused storms in the Elati forest, in the area of ”Melanitsa”. As a result, much of the area has been stripped of trees, some of which have fallen into the forest road network, which has been blocked.
On this occasion, the Cephalonian Forestry Directorate and the Aynos National Park Management Body would like to draw the public’s attention to the risks inherent in the fir forest, in the presence of bad weather conditions, such as e.g. lightning, numerous tree falls, and rock slides. The public is advised to leave the fir forest immediately in the presence of bad weather.
However, snowstorms and storms, as a result of heavy winds, can occur in the National Park area, in other forests and in urban areas, causing serious damage or even accidents. Following is some general information, aimed at informing the public and protecting them from such weather events.
In addition to Elati and other tree species are subject to anomalies. As a general rule, taller trees, usually older and older, are the most susceptible, especially those that grow in shallow soils or in rocky areas. One such susceptible tree species is the Pine, and especially the trees, which are located in the Kutavos suburban grove area. Concentrating their crown on the top of the tree, their deep roots, as well as the subsoil in the Kutavos area make them vulnerable to storms. Other susceptible trees to unevenness are those with soft wood, such as Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus requires proper management of their crowns and regular pruning at times (rational rather than stripping),
If there is one way to predict the fall of a tree, this is to consider the health of the tree, because the pathogen-bearing trees are more prone to anomalies. Indications of pathogenicity are root collar constrictions, cracks between the root and the base of the trunk, which often indicate the presence of root rot. The condition of the crown is also an indicator of the health of the tree, especially when it is in full development. Many pathogens present in the root system are depicted in it. An additional element of the presence of pathogenicity is the presence of mushrooms or fungi on the trunk of the tree or on the soil around it. Although most mushrooms that grow in the soil near trees are not pathogenic, some species are indications of tree rot. Finally, crown branches that are prominent or distant from the ground and / or trees that are strongly sloping are indicative of potential uprooting.
More information is available to the public from the offices of the Aenos National Park Management Authority and the Kefallinia Department of Forests.
The Forestry Director
Anna Lytras – Forester
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Managing Authority of Ainos National Park
Director of Research at the National Observatory of Athens
Dr. George Drakatos
Some actual video of the damaged area