Origins and Some History
Large area situated in the west of the town of Belforte, in the Municipalities of Gazzuolo and S.Martino dall'Argine, in the north of the drainage channel "Acque Alte", it is delimited by an ancient meander of the river Oglio and has been deeply shaped over the centuries by the peat extraction activity: its use as a fuel dates back to the first half of the 20th century. Today, after the land reclamation works carried out with the creation of a thick network of drainage channels, almost the whole area is designated to poplar cultivation, precious broadleaf trees, and crop rotation. The two remaining natural nuclei are situated in the southern stretch of the area and extend for about 18 hectares.
The relict natural environments, of great natural value since they represent landscapes and ecosystems of the peat bog depressions near the rivers, give the whole valley a significant ecological value.
A cycling-pedestrian route and an equipped picnic area called Le Margonare, situated in the territory of San Martino dall'Argine near some renaturalized quarries, favor the access and visit to the site.
The two nuclei characterized by natural vegetation are dominated by wetland formations with a different evolution degree; the drainage channels and the ponds with good-quality hydrobiological features are covered by marshy herbs and floating vegetation and are surrounded by arboreal and shrubby formations.
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