The forest of Montmain, in the Morvan... The forest of his childhood... The one where Lucienne Haèse played or accompanied her father to cut wood. "We were a large and poor family but I had a great childhood because I had the forest of Montmain," said the one who is nicknamed Lulu du Morvan and who has just celebrated her 82nd spring. When she learned that its owner, the France Foundation, was selling this forest dear to her heart, her blood ran cold. That was in 2000. For more than ten years now, Lucienne Haèse has been concerned about the fate of the trees of the massif: nearly 300,000 hectares, on the borders of the Côte-d'Or, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire and Yonne.
During her hikes, she could see it well: oaks, beech, chestnut trees were felled. They gave way to softwoods which, cut every eight to ten years, are more profitable. But these clearcuts release carbon and, for lack of shade, the plots are heated to white and the...
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