In a 14-year trial near the Keflavik International Airport in Southwest Iceland, local provenances of downy birch were poorer in performance than many other southern provenances. For afforestation with downy birch, it is recommended that high-performing provenances be planted with initial artificial fertilization, accompanied by simultaneous seeding of lupine.
In a newly published article in the journal Icelandic Agricultural Sciences two scientists at the Icelandic Forest Research, Arnór Snorrason and Þorbergur Hjalti Jónsson, suggest allometric models for general use in Iceland for inventories of native birch woodlands and scrub. This information adds to the ever-improving tools available for reliable measure of biomass in Icelandic forestland.
After the financial crisis of 2008-2009, funding for forestry in Iceland was cut drastically. Recently, the Icelandic Government announced a new strategy which comprises a substantial increase in reforestation amongst other measures. As the issue of adaptation to a changing climate is becoming ever more important, the importance of forest research only increases.