At the times of the Coronavirus crisis, The Icelandic Forest Service recommends to people to go out in the woods to hug a tree and enjoy all the benefits of being around trees. This Tree-hugging initiative has caught the attention of media all around the world.
A severe insect pest epidemic may have changed the susceptibility of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) in Iceland to the pine woolly aphid. This could be the result of extreme selection pressure during the 1950s and 1960s, when the aphid damaged and killed the vast majority of Scots pines planted in Iceland.
Timber built trails have become one of the main features of Thórsmörk Trail Volunteers' maintenance work in Thórsmörk and Goðaland. Carefully built steps prevent erosion and make the trails more comfortable for hikers.
At NordGen Forest’s conference in Iceland, the theme of the year concerns early detection and mitigation of invasive pests and diseases in the Nordic forests. The interest is massive.
Forest pests are a significant threat to boreal forests and forestry. The NordGen Forest conference 2019 will focus on threats posed to Nordic forestry and forest plant production by invasive pest species.