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Spain's newest NP, Sierra de las Nieves, will protect rare fir forest

Spain has a brand new national park. Sierra de las Nieves in Málaga province, in the southern region of Andalusia, is becoming the 16th natural space to receive top environmental protection following its approval by the Senate last week.

The new national park extends over 23,000 hectares and contains 65% of all the Iberian peninsula’s existing forests of Abies pinsapo, a type of fir unique to southern Spain and northern Morocco. The best-known specimen is the Pinsapo de las Escaleretas, which has been declared a national monument.

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