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24.01.2018 : Trailteam video – Volunteering in Thórsmörk

A short film has been released showing the experiences of volunteers working with the Thórsmörk Trail Volunteers last summer. Placement dates and application forms for the 2018 volunteer programme are now available. Application open until January 31st.

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10.01.2018 : Icelandic forestry on National Geographic's Short Film Showcase

Iceland's trees are slowly beginning to make a comeback. EUFORGEN's new video on afforestation in Iceland has been acknowledged National Geographic Society with publication on it's Short Film Showcase web channel. Lesa meira

09.01.2018 : NordGen thematic day - "Seed supply and tree breeding"

The next NordGen Forest thematic day will be held in Akureyri, Northern Iceland, the 11th of April 2018 focusing on two areas, firstly seed production, collection, storing and handling and secondly tree breeding and the establishment of seed orchards.

29.12.2017 : Spades, saplings and sheep: Iceland battles to restore long-lost forests

Archeological evidence indicates that over a quarter of the island's countryside was covered with trees until the 9th century, when Viking settlers arrived and began chopping them down for timber and to clear space for farmland and grazing. Now the country's exotic, moonscape-like scenery is a lure for tourists. But the lack of trees has also caused problems – and now some Icelanders are committed to bringing them back.

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22.12.2017 : Afforesting Iceland - a Cause for Optimism

What comes to your mind when you think about Iceland? “The land of fire and ice”, might a lot of people answer, “Cute puffins, Vikings, the Icelandic horse, more sheep than people ... ?” But you would certainly not associate Iceland with forests.

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10.11.2017 : Celebrating 50 years of Icelandic Forest Research

Icelandic Forest Research at Mógilsá celebrated its 50-year anniversary on August 20th 2017. The jubilee included an open house at the station and the formal opening of the Mógilsá arboretum.

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10.11.2017 : Countless trees from a single seed

Cost-effective methods for providing vast numbers of identical Christmas trees from a single seed seem to be in sight. Automated technology for plant tissue culture-based (somatic embryogenesis) production of conifer trees is in great progress giving hope for the provision of a variety of seedlings with desirable properties. This was among the subjects discussed recently at the 13th Christmas Tree Research and Extension Conference.

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