Atlas cedars are justifiably famous. The largest and most beautiful plantings are in the central Middle Atlas, from Ifrane to Zad Pass, covering about 75,000 ha. There were far more of them in the past, but exploitation, aggravated by overgrazing goats, caused severe damage until the decision was taken in 1916 to protect the forest. Don't miss the "Gouraud cedar", identifiable by its huge candelabra-shaped branch, with a circumference of nearly 10m at the base.
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