Green gold withers

Ricardo Arrate observes the hole left by his forest, devastated by mushrooms. Zarate brothers replaced the pines with Eucalyptus in Zamudio (Bizkaia). More and more people are opting for Eucalyptus because of its high production. The mushrooms dry the pine from root to tip, turning them brown. The plague has spread especially to the north and the west of the Basque Country. Neighbors like Ricardo Arrate are prematurely cutting down their pine forests and selling the land.