Revegetation of the Vernie Rouge ski slope in the Alps

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The Vernie-Rouge trail.
In the ski resort of Saint-Léger-les-Mélèze, a ski slope carved out by remodeling work was revegetated to reduce erosion, increase snow retention on the slope, improve the resort's landscape integration and allow grazing activity on the slope in summer. Vegetation restoration was done by the so-called "green hay" technique, which consists of seeding the area with hay previously harvested nearby. The seed bank provided by this technique makes it possible to encourage the establishment of a diverse range of species adapted to the local context. This restoration project was part of the "Sem' les Alpes" programme, aimed at developing vegetation techniques adapted to alpine meadows.
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Location description: 
The Vernie-Rouge trail is located in the Saint-Léger-Les-Mélèze resort, in the adhesion zone of the Les Ecrins national park. Facing North, it is located at an altitude of 1300-1500 m above sea level. It is identified as mountain hay meadow (priority habitats) by the EUNIS habitat classification. It has been remodeled in 2015, leading to a nude soil which was rapidly eroded by rain events and revegetalisation with commercial seeds have not succeeded.
NUTS Code: 
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
RBD code: 
FRD-Le Rhône et les cours d'eau côtiers méditerranéens
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Last updated: 28 Apr 2020 | Top