For the most part, the history of forestry in Spain was one of increasing deforestation. Wood (Spanish: madera) long was the main source of energy. It was in the 20th century when efforts to revert the trend were taken, increasing the forested area in the country from then on.[n. 1]
Forests cover circa 55% of the land territory of the country, 70% privately owned, 27% public land, while the former amount wildly changes depending on the region, with Navarre accounting for the largest share of publicly owned forest and Galicia the smallest (MAGRAMA, 2012).
As of 2012, the most common tree species in the Spanish forests are Pinus pinaster, Pinus sylvestris, species of eucalypts, Pinus halepensis, Fagus sylvatica, Pinus nigra, Quercus ilex, Quercus pyrenaica, Quercus pubescens, Pinus radiata, Quercus robur and Quercus petraea.
Forestry policy at state level is included as part of the policy area of rural development of the relevant ministerial department. Much of the management of forestry has been however transferred at the regional level to the different autonomous communities.