political upheavals of 1870 and the suppression of the Gard
Reforestation Service briefly distracted attention from the
1870 defeat at least had one good result ; scientific research
was taken more seriously. People became interested in the
upper atmosphere and many mountain
observatories were built.
At the same time, from 1879 the idea of Aigoual as a strategic
centre for meteorology and forestry became current. The scientific
community appreciated the project's importance; one of them
He proposed creating an experimental forest and meteorology
station on Aigoual for the rapid reforestation of dry Cévenol
hillsides, presenting his project 6th June 1882. This was
considered too ambitious and suffered many modifications.
In 1887 his cause had finally been headed, and construction
work on the Observatory began 17th June.