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The Community install five miles of underground electrical line in the Area of ​​Special Protection of Birds 'Yecla Steppes' (16/03/2011)

Agricultural uses contribute to the presence of high biodiversity in this area, with a broad representation of steppe birds such as bustards and ortega

The director general of Natural Heritage and Biodiversity, Pablo Fernndez, together with the Director General of Industry, Energy and Mines, Jos Francisco Puche, and the mayor of Yecla, Juan Miguel Benedito, today opened a new underground power line that runs through the area Special Protection Areas (SPA) 'Yecla Steppes. "

The rural electrification work has involved an investment by the Commonwealth of 557,000 euros and consists of the installation of nearly nine miles of power lines, which are five miles high voltage line and 930 feet underground medium voltage which will serve thirty farms, between farms and homes.

Pablo Fernandez stressed that "the installation of this service complies with the environmental conditions for the protection of fauna and flora in the SPA", as he said, "agricultural uses contribute to the presence of high biodiversity in this area, what is essential to this type of incentives that help secure the permanence of the population in rural areas. "

For its part, Puche said that "the objective of this initiative is to increase the competitiveness of farms who work in this area and provide the necessary power to homes and farms, thus helping to improve the quality of life of residents and allow the modernization of farms. "

The line runs through the scenery of 'La Ceja', 'Casa Molina', 'Caparrota' and 'shedders', where there are homes of permanent occupation and farmhouses that are used widely in farm work, so far lacked power, which had been causing the gradual abandonment of farming activities.

The work is part of the Rural Electrification Plan 2007-2013, which develops the Ministry of Universities, Business and Research, through the Directorate General of Industry, Energy and Mines, to contribute to the expansion of these facilities and encourage the provision essential services in the whole region, especially in rural areas.

Plain cereal

Yecla Steppes consist mainly of a plain cereal where rainfed agriculture dominates.

These are important areas of cereal (wheat, barley, oats) interspersed with areas of stubble, fallow, wasteland, vineyards and irrigated tree crops like olives and almonds.

The presence of abundant and well preserved wayside.

This mosaic is completed by shrub patches of natural vegetation (esparto, thyme) and scattered trees or as clumps (Aleppo pine, pine and oak).

The SPA 'Yecla Steppes' is located in the northern part of that township, occupying an area of ​​4,290 hectares.

For their determination will take into account those areas essential to the conservation and survival of birds (feeding areas, travel and play).

This area has a wide representation of steppe birds.

Meets the numerical criteria established for the Great Bustard and Sandgrouse species.

In addition there are other species of great interest as gangue, Sison, alcavarn and lesser kestrel.

Source: CARM

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