A roundtable discussion in the council chamber of the Lecce nei Marsi Municipality
As part of the centenary celebrations of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio, and Molise, a roundtable discussion dedicated to the ancient beech forest of Selva Moricento took place on December 29, 2021, in the council chamber of the Municipality of Lecce nei Marsi. Selva Moricento is part of the European network of UNESCO heritage ‘Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe.’
This event provided an opportunity to emphasize the importance of this site and call upon all the involved entities to further enhance the value of this natural heritage. It was noted that the UNESCO recognition received in 2017 was only a starting point to pass on to the younger generation the value and significance of beech forests like Selva Moricento, which came to be protected through battles and administrative events that narrate a true forest history.
During this meeting, the council chamber featured the painting exhibition ‘Women in the Beech Forest,’ organized by Nicoletta Rocchi, a female-oriented interpretation of the forest, its colors, and its inhabitants, as well as a collection of jewelry dedicated to the Moricento Beech Forest, created by the skillful hands of the goldsmith Giuliano Montaldi. Furthermore, Poste Italiane activated a temporary postal service with a special stamp depicting the bell tower of the Church of San Martino in Agne and the wording ‘Selva Moricento Beech Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017.