All trees are Sacred Trees, and the older, secular, majestic, imposing they are, the more we have the duty to protect and protect them.
The great green Patriarchs are the guardians of our history and our culture, they contain the secrets of Nature.
With the Great Tree Operation, hundreds of these tree giants throughout the beautiful country were saved from felling starting from the 1970s.
Franco Tassi, creator of this eco-sociological campaign, tells the secrets of this success.
In Sacred Trees you will discover the history and images of the Great Trees of Italy.
“Perhaps one day man will finally understand his littleness in the face of the wonders of creation, and will rediscover that” sacred “respect for Nature and Mother Earth … And looking at a tree he will no longer see only a mass of wood, but he will feel that there is much, really much more inside that living being … “
he worked for 33 years on the “Front of Nature” as Superintendent Director of the oldest, most important and famous protected area in Italy: the Abruzzo National Park. In this park, besieged by all kinds of threats, it has expanded the protection of the territory, extending its extension from 30 thousand to 50 thousand hectares, with a contiguous Protection Band of 120 thousand hectares and applying Zoning for the first time. It has stopped building speculation and strictly regulated forest cuts. Operation Big Tree launched, saving over 10 million large trees from felling. Promoted advanced ecotourism, with full respect for local customs and traditions. It has also created numerous Visitor Centers and Wildlife Areas, promoting youth employment and volunteering from all backgrounds; has organized events of international importance.
In the field of fauna protection, he saved the Marsicano bear, the Apennine wolf from extinction (told in this work Lupus in Fabula ). It has also saved the Abruzzo chamois, successfully reintroducing it also in the Maiella and Gran Sasso National Parks and reconstituting the presence of deer and roe deer, favoring its spread in the Apennines. He discovered the existence of the mysterious Apennine Lynx and encouraged in every way, in Italy and abroad, the true Conservation of Nature. With a clear direction towards this “mission”, and through innovative strategies, he has transformed the Park into a precious “pilot example”. The true reference model that has made possible the growth of parks in every part of Italy. Realizing, according to international observers, “the impossible mission. That of ensuring the best conservation of the ecosystem, also promoting, at the same time, the well-being of local communities ”.