Europa Forests, Commemorative Issue
Cyprus was famous for its ancient forests which covered the whole island. Timber for ship building was a major export commodity even during World Wars I & II. In 1528, forest clearance was encouraged by offering loggers all the land they could clear. In 1783, the Ottoman Governor of Larnaca was so concerned about the excessive felling of trees that he issued a decree banning this activity.
Today the forests of Cyprus are mainly in the Troodos and Kyrenia mountain ranges where among other species, the Aleppo pine, the Cedar, the Oak and the Juniper trees abound. Some 5,000 Cedar trees grow on the Troodos range and in the forests of Pafos and Kykko. Juniper trees flourish in the Karpasia forest and in the wild beauty of the Akamas peninsula. Pine trees are abundant in the Cyprus Forests.
Forests in Cyprus are state property, cared for by experts from the Forestry Department. When and where necessary reforestation is carried out. The department is well equipped to tackle forest fires and has helicopters at its disposal.
The fire station at Stavros-tis-Psokas in the forest of Pafos is the most important on the island.
With this 68c stamp, Cyprus Post, in 2011, won first prize in PostEurop’s best Europa stamp, Jury competition.
Source:Cyprus Post, Republic of Cyprus
Κυπριακά Ταχυδρομεία, Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία