State equipped area: Piano Vernà
Continuing on the path of the equipped area of Cavagna, at about 1800
meters, along an uphill dirt road, in a state-owned area, between centuries-old chestnut trees and large black pines, after several hairpin bends, at a crossroads located at an altitude of about 1000, take the dirt road on the left, which, traveled for about 1 km ., leads us straight to the destination of our journey. The area is located in a sort of plateau below Monte Vernà, in a densely wooded area covered with chestnut stumps. It is in this very valuable environmental context that the equipped area has been created consisting of various accommodation facilities such as tables, benches, swings, cooking points, rubbish baskets, pot baskets, a fountain with spring water and an area for children's games. Attached to the area there is a forest house mainly used as a warehouse, which fits in well and blends in with the environment.
To access this area it is preferable to contact the Departmental Forestry Inspectorate of Messina in advance, competent for the area. The presence in the area of oriental plane trees and rare herbaceous species such as the mountain violet and the scilla biflora is interesting.
Common: Casalvecchio Siculo
Wooded Complex: Demaio Savoca
Vegetation type: Chestnut grove
Toilets for the disabled: 0
Cooking points: 8
Drinking water points: 1
Non-drinking water points: 0
Height 1000 M.
Department of Regional State Forestry Company
Provincial Office of the Messina Company
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Note on Sources
The information on the equipped state-owned areas has as its main source the website of the Regional Forestry Department of Sicily (continuously updated) to which is added a very interesting brochure entitled "The State Equipped Areas in Sicily" of the same department published in 1999 with the Editorial Coordination of the 8th Group - Promotion, Development and Research, editors Agostino Gatto and Valeria Restuccia. Further information was obtained from direct access to the areas and from interviews with experts and operators in the sector.
For official information and updates to the lists, see the pages of the site of the Sicily region - Department of the Regional State Forestry Company