Results from experiments with cultivation of three tree species on eroded land near the Keflavik International Airport in Iceland are explained in a new video released by the Icelandic Forest Service - Skógræktin. The research shows among other things that afforestation is quite feasible in the area, given that the right measures are deployed. Fertilizing qualities of Nootka lupine proved a critical factor for the seedlings' survival but now the lupine has started to give way for grass and other species. The site has turned from barren land to fertile grass land with trees up to seven meters of height.
The TreProX project held a weeklong workshop in Iceland in October 2021. The subject was wood quality and standards of wood sorting as well as methods used in maximizing the quality of timber in growing forest stands. The Icelandic Forest Service - Skógræktin has released a video about the workshop.
The Icelandic Forest Service has published a video in collaboration with HealGenCar and SNS, which discusses experiments with various provenances of Scots pine with regard to their resistance to the pathogen pine woolly aphid (Pinus pini). It turns out that the descendants of the small proportion of trees that survived an aphid epidemic in the second half of the last century are least affected by aphids of the material tested.
After weeks of applications and interviews, summer teams for voluntary work in Thórsmörk Nature Reserve area are now finally (just about) ready. Volunteers will be arriving from 18 countries, first groups starting work in May.
Thórsmörk Trail Volunteers have published on their website a series of photos taken last summer by volunteers carrying through diverse trail and land reclamation projects in the nature reserve area. Applications for 2022 placements will open on December 15th.