The “dehesa” is a cultural landscape, which - through human hand - emerged from the Mediterranean hardwood forest. Agriculture and livestock breeding gave rise to a parklike landscape consisting of wide-spreading and broad cork and holm oaks, meadows and pasture.
Now days, globalization, intensification in agriculture and rural depopulation put the traditional management system of a dehesa at risk. But without farming use, the dehesa will die.
The foundation Fundación Monte Mediterráneo is managing the Dehesa San Francisco organically and sustainably following the traditional methods. Next to traditional livestock breeding with indigenous breeds, sustainable forestry is a big issue (certification FSC).