The Balearic Environment Minister, Margalida Rossello, yesterday met representatives from Majorca's saw mills to try and co-ordinate the clearing up of the 135'000 trees blown down by the recent storms. The bid to clear away all the fallen trees is grinding to a halt as sawmills are running out of space and can not find a domestic market for all the wood. “We've got to find an overseas market which will be able to make good use of all the wood,” the Minister said. Rossello praised the efforts of all those involved in clearing away the trees but asked the saw mills not to use heavy machinery in the forest to drag the trees out before cutting them up to avoid causing further damage to woodland. “We've got to make sure we cause as little damage as possible to the forests which have already taken a severe battering,” she told saw mill bosses. Last week, the President of the Insular Council of Majorca, Maria Antonia Munar, said that most of the pine wood will have to be exported as there is not a great market for pine in Spain.

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