Foresna Zurgaia was created in 1992 out of the need for an Association to bring together small forest owners and public bodies that are mountain owners. Our Autonomous Community is characterised by highly fragmented land ownership. There are many land owners, but they have very small holdings, which makes management and proper development difficult.
The constituting assembly was held on 23 June, 1992 and the positions that legally represent the association were chosen.
President: Francisco Javier Berraondo
Vice president: Juan José Txoperena
Secretary: Luis Ignacio Loyarte
Treasurer: José Félix Arriezu
Spokespeople: José María Irazoqui, Santiago Mitxeltorena, Sabino Pagola.
The essential qualities and goals described in the statutes were the following:
To constitute a group of forest owners, mountain owners and forest property managers, (forests of Navarre) consisting of individual persons as well as legal entities.
- To represent, defend and negotiate in favour of the interests and rights of forest owners of Navarre before national and international governmental bodies, the media and the general public.
- To carry out studies and issue proposals and reports regarding forestry issues and present and disseminate them among members, entities, organisations, and businesses.
- To provide individual and general advising, training and recycling to optimise forest management.
In its first two years, it had 130 individual members with a total of 760 ha and 12 town councils: Zubieta, Dicastillo, Corella, Bera, Junta Administrativa de los Montes Bidasoa Berroaran, Arantza, San Adrián, Arellano, Igantzi, Alsasua, Puente la Reina and Salinas de Oro.
Foresna-Zurgaia is currently very well established due to the agreements signed with the Government of Navarre based in Regional Law 13/1990 of 31 December for the protection and development of the woodlands of Navarre and the Regional Decree 59/1992 of 17 February that establishes the regulations and where the goals of forestry policy, promotion and forestry associations are defined.
Likewise, the Forestry Plan of Navarre, approved by the Parliament of Navarre in November, 1998, set forth a goal for itself consisting of developing and improving the management activities of forestry agents (goal 7) and, to those ends, it also set forth numerous actions, including number 722 “support for forestry associations” and 743 “training for mountain land owners and operators.”