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Forest Management

Forest use in this area of Tuscany has long been integral to the production of wood products (timber, firewood, charcoal, implements) and wild and cultivated food crops (chestnuts, wild boar). Largely traditional forestry methods provide for the renewal of the forest. Many local residents rely on Spannocchia for their supply of firewood, and woodburning stoves and furnaces provide much of the heat and hot water for Spannocchia's buildings. The estate cuts approximately 1,000 saplings a year from carefully managed coppice chestnut groves for use as fence posts, trellising poles for the vineyards, and joists and rafters for renovation projects.

Forestry at Spannocchia