Photographer's Note

On the same small street of yesterday's picture, in the middle of the Parco del Ticino, few kilometers west of Milan. As the must par of this street a canal runs parallel, really often there are canals on both sides of the streets, and often streets are unpaved, pure white dusty roads.
This one was covered with asphalt just 'cause it was the main street to a bunch of restaurants (agriturismo) located in that area.

All the area is covered for the largest part by fields.
The Pianura Padana was one of the european largest forest just to the Roman occupation around 200 b.C.
Celts that lived there didn't knew intensive agricolture, and were just hunters, so the original nature was preserved.
After the Roman occupation the entire Pianura Padana become THE field of Roma. Forest was cutted and the only trees saved by the agricolture were the ones located close to the big rivers of Lombardia, the Ticino, the Adda, the Lambro, the Serio and the Po.
The land close to this big rivers was too poor for agricolture, too rich of rocks, and too many times covered by meters of water during the floods.
So that area was preserved.
During the Mid Age, plagues killed over the 60% of popoulation of Pianura Padana, and in few centuries millions of square meters of fields were abandoned and the forest re-born over.

Just with the Abbeys systems on the late Mid Age the forest was recutted again and the agricolture became intensive another time; also that time the only trees saved were the ones close to the rivers.
In the past centuries were found new ways to use also the lands close to the rivers and millions of hectars of forest were cutted.

All that were stopped just in the 60's of the past century, when agricolture was stopped by a new system of Regional Parks all along the big rivers of Lombardy.
In that areas it's forbidden to cut trees, to have new fields, it's impossibile to built houses and the agricolture is permitted just over the old fields.
All the rest is and will be "abandoned".
The Nature will run with his time over that land.
No human hands will touch that land and will be the Nature to choise the destination, grass, forest, bush, swamp, pond...

Today in the Parco del Ticino live many wild animals, as Red Fox, Coypu (or Nutria), Roe Deer, Squirrels, Otter, Wild Boar, Badger, Least Weasel, Beech Marten, European Polecat, 246 differente species of birds, Viper and other snakes, Swamp Tortoise...

The Parco del Ticino Lombardo is the oldest Regional Park of Italy and have today a total surface of 91.540 Hectars.
On the other side of the river was settled on the 1978 the Parco del Ticino of Piedmont with a surface of 6.561 Hectars.
Totally the protected land along the Ticino have a surface of more than 98.000 Hectars (980.000.000 square meters).

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