Valuable starting point and point of pride for the territory of the Piccole Dolomiti turns out to be, in this regard, the Vicenza Forestry Association.
Established in 2002 as part of PSR funding, it remains to this day one of only two Forest Associations still active in the Veneto region, out of the fourteen originated by funding two decades ago. Since its inception, the Association — made up of forest owners — has aimed to «organize members’ forest property to enable sustainable forest management» .
Contracts presented during the project’s concluding conference are, in this sense, effective tools for overcoming the problems associated with abandonment of forest management.
It is proposed, by way of non exhaustive list:
• The introduction of the figure of the “forest contractor“, who can take over the management of the entire supply chain even in multifunctional terms and with multi-year ad-hoc contracts, as well as provide for the management of various financing;
• The introduction of “Forest Agreements”, by force of law L. 29 luglio 2021, n. 108.
And it is precisely these Forest Agreements that could be an active tool for «valuing public and private land with agro-sylvo-pastoral vocation as well as for the conservation and delivery of the ecosystem services provided by forests» (As stated in art.3, comma 4 quinquies 1 of decreto legge n. 5 2009, converted with amendments into L.9 aprile 2009 n.33).
In this sense, in fact, such Forest Agreements — of which National Rural Network has edited an exhaustive analysis in  — represent an additional regulatory tool, in addition to those already existing, for “networking,” in the legal and negotiating sense, for the creation of economic chains — for the purpose referred to in Article 3 above — where there are rights and obligations for all contracting parties.
With this in mind and through the creation of a local ad-hoc market (for the CAREGA project, of charcoal for culinary use), one can truly hope for the reestablishment of an active and participatory forest management that can both create an economy and fit into the theme of bioenergy with reuse of production waste. It would benefit not only our forests, but also all those who live off them as well as the entire territory that revolves around them on a daily basis.