Honorable Mention - 2017 Feature Picture Story/Essay
Andres B. is quite tired after the stage of 20 km by foot . On the nights, after the diner, shepherds go to sleep at the early night because the hardness of the everyday walk on the worst weather conditions. Spain is the only country that maintains a network of historic paths that exceed 125,000 km. The origin of many of these ways, some of them with more than 8,000 years of history, is on the migrations that have historically made nomadic shepherds. Until the early nineteenth century, 5 million of head of cattle roamed these corridors of biodiversity. Today transhumance in Spain is threatened due to the scarcity of public aid and generational relief difficult. Just represented by about 50 families who handle about 200,000 head of cattle through 50,000 miles of streams and cattle trails. Transhumance, threatened by the new agricultural policy of the European Union and the legal obstacles, for many naturalists and conservationists represents the possibility of generating 5,000 direct jobs and contribute to important conservation of biodiversity, natural and cultural heritage manner. 1000 sheep or 100 cows generate daily 3 tons of manure and over 5 million of seeds of which 30% end germinating. One option for sustainable development which is also a heritage from oblivion for many towns and rural areas of Spain.
The Belenchn family travels for many years 500 km between Guadalaviar (Teruel) La Carolina (Jan) on a walking trip that lasts 28 days. With more than 3,000 sheep, 300 cows, 23 dogs and 16 horses, most are grandchildren, children and parents of trashumants. Down south in winter pasture looking abundance and benevolence of the weather. In La Carolina they will live between December and May before starting the migration again return to Teruel in June, when the heat in Andalusia depleted pastures and dry terrain. / Espaa es el nico pas del mundo que conserva una red de caminos histricos que superan los 125.000 km. El origen de muchos de estos caminos, a