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We are pleased to welcome you to "MAS LANDAIS"

Environment or nature you will find all the comforts expected of a cottage and where to live with family or friends.

In the middle of the Landes forest, around the pool, 5 minutes from the beaches of the Atlantic (5 kms), we are at your disposal to make your stay in the image of your wishes.

We organize every night around the pool snacks and BBQ nights and simple cooking, we can prepare for the midday meal baskets.

In high season the beach access by car and parking can get bored, we can drop off and well understood! You back to the beach after a phone call. The proximity of our beaches that in summer, crossing the county (Lake Road) direct access to the sea just for some people caused a noise nuisance.

With our partner we offer you a rental bike.

MOSTLY watch your kids, whether at sea, the pool, on the playground and at any other time Do not spoil your stay.

We are of course at any time at your disposal for the proper functioning of all your holiday facilities or rooms (air conditioning, hot water, kitchen etc ....).

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The Landes forest (called Landes de Gascogne, and formerly of Landes Bordeaux) extends over much of the French departments of Landes and Gironde. It also extends the department of Lot-et-Garonne. The Landes gives birth to a few rivers (Leyre, the Boudigau, etc..) And rivers (Ciron the Gat death, etc..). Major cities are located near Bordeaux, Mont-de-Marsan, Dax and Bayonne. The forest is bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of Biscay). The coast thus formed is called the Silver Coast. The plantations are mainly composed of maritime pines. They currently cover an area of 950,000 ha. Unlike many other European forests, it is almost entirely composed of planted forest and exploited industrially. The massive planting of pines began in Buch country to stop the spread of shifting sands and soil remediation in the eighteenth century. These plantations will result in very observable characteristics and measurable consequences:

"We can see patches where all trees were planted simultaneously and therefore have the same age and same size (unlike a primary forest). "The plots are covered large sections and paths (to limit the spread of fire and to facilitate the approach of the troops of firefighters) that crisscross the forest for miles. These large cuts and these paths are called firewalls . "Walking through this forest, there are multiple traces of thinning, clear cutting (in particular, stocks of timber cut roadside). "Part of the Landes forest is natural. Gascon Some coastal areas were already forested two thousand years ago and occupied nearly 200,000 ha. There were these massive near Lacanau, Arcachon, La Teste de Buch , and Biscarrosse Marensin. The first tapping techniques have been developed in these forests very similar to what we know today. The maritime pine, a species endemic, was the essence large majority. "However, most of the land now occupied by the Landes forest was a wetland inhabited and worked, or owned in common until the nineteenth century by a population of sheep farmers. Pictures of the last farmers in this Landes region as the shepherd perched on stilts, are witnesses of this mode of existence, then viable for the greatest number: the agro-pastoral allowed to feed the family by taking a profit land of the moor, and was practiced until the introduction of massive pine trees. It signed the expropriation and the removal of these populations, which recyclèrent somehow in the timber industry and tapping. (After several fruitless attempts to "recovery" Yet these alternative land already in use, it is ultimately the maritime pine, perfectly suited to these regions then presented as "inland settlements," the State shall entrust the task to populate the Landes plateau in establishing seedlings many, a sort of "great works" of the time.)

Willingness to implement the forest is due to several reasons that have emerged around the same time during the nineteenth century. The first was to fix the dunes that threatened coastal villages. A famous example is the burial church Soulac. The Thane of Buch began work on fixations at La Teste, but the money was quickly default to these local lords who could not extend their system of fixing the whole territory. The engineer of Roads and Bridges Nicolas Brémontier became aware of the work undertaken on the coast, he returned to his account With his influence in Paris, and heard by large investors (rosin derivatives are essential in the Industrial Revolution) it was able to convince the government of the need to plant pine trees in the Landes. Finally, the Act of June 19, 1857 sounded the death knell of the agro-pastoral, and gave birth to the vast Landes forest that we know today. Publicly, the planting of pines in the interior was presented as necessary to "clean up the wetlands and improve hygienic conditions" they said at the time. It was not unanimous but the population at the time was never consulted. The first generation of pine trees in the second half of the nineteenth century came to maturity in the early twentieth century. The tapping method was extended to all Gascony Landes, and has modernized and industrialized. It now operates thousands of acres of pine trees to extract the "white gold" Landes de Gascogne, used to produce turpentine and rosin But this forest was planted in a piecemeal, without overall coherence across the territory. The pieces are huge pine, very dense and the trees distributed randomly. Inevitably, fire devastated the Landes forest in the middle of the twentieth century. One of the most famous example is the August 1949 fire that devastated thousands of hectares between Bordeaux and Arcachon. In 1950, nearly 50% of the forest has disappeared in smoke. Immediately replanted, the second generation of plantations will be much different than the first.

Plantations are streamlined, the pines are planted in large online and firewalls help prevent the spread of fire from one plot to the and access other parts of the heart pine in case of fire. The forest is the face we see today on the set Landes. Parallel tapping is gradually disappearing, facing competition from countries where labor is cheapest and most competitive petroleum products which substitute for rosin and turpentine. In 1990, tapping disappears permanently from the Landes forest, after more than 2000 years old. The Landes forest, managed by mechanical methods, no longer generates a small fraction of the jobs it had created in the nineteenth century (hence the depopulation of the Landes between the nineteenth and twenty-first century). The major wood processing sites are located at Invoice / Biganos Mimizan and pies. In the 1970s, parts of the forest gave way to locally intensive farming (particularly for corn, a major consumer of water).

In 2009, Storm Klaus has created windfalls to eliminate costly and conducive to the spread of fires. It led to release substantial funds to support the timber industry and the local forest of the Landes de Gascogne, a questioning of some directions of silviculture (cultivation methods including) 5 or forestry itself: the prospect of having to replant plots that turn profitable only after fifty years, some owners are trying to convert their land (intensive agriculture, solar energy production ...) Today, the forest of the Landes de Gascogne straddles three departments (Landes, Gironde and Lot-et-Garonne). His current area is estimated at about one million hectares, including 9 / 10 are composed of maritime pines. But it exists locally within the forest remnants of post-glacial afforestation of this part of the Southwest: it rubs pine oak, alder, birch, willow, holly. They are found mainly along the rivers, land particularly well drained. (This forest-strain was probably more extensive until the middle of the Middle Ages, from which the establishment of a climate more humid and cool, especially deforestation linked to the extension of pastoral activity and need timber will cause the decline of forest areas between the fourteenth century and the eighteenth century).