Rangæingar Forestry Association General Meeting

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The Rangæingar Forestry Association holds its general meeting on Monday, June 29, starting at 20:00 at the Hella congregation hall, Dynskálar 8.

In addition to regular meeting activities Auður Ingibjörg Ottesen, editor and publisher of the journal Sumarhúsið og garðurinn, will hold a presentation.

Refreshments on offer, everybody welcome.

Líf í lundi (Life in the grove)

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Líf í lundi (Life in the grove) is the heading for an outdoor recreation and family day in the forests of Iceland this weekend. Events on offer:

Selskógur (SW-Iceland), June 20, at 10:00-12:00

Gunnfríðarstaðir (N-Iceland), June 20, at 11:00

Eskifjörður (E-Iceland), June 20, at 12:00

Smalaholt (SW-Iceland), June 20, at 13:00-15:00

Seljadalsskógur (Westfjords), June 20, at 14:00-16:00

Álfholtsskógur (W-Iceland), June 20, at 14:00

Höfðaskógur (SW-Iceland), June 20, at 14:15-17:00

Æsustaðahlíð (SW-Iceland), June 22, at 19:30-21:30

Slaga (W-Iceland), June 22, at 18:00-20:00

More information each event is on the Skógargátt website (www.skogargatt.is) and the Líf í lundi Facebook-page – – https://www.facebook.com/lifilundi/

The first issue of the 2020 Journal of the Icelandic Forestry Association is published

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The first issue of the 2020 Journal of the Icelandic Forestry Association (Skógræktarritið) has been published and posted to its subscribers. The issue contains, as usual, a range of articles on diverse aspects of forestry, including path making with wooden slabs, bee cultivation, women and forestry in Vopnafjörður, a forestry field trip to S-Tyrol and memorial gardens, in addition to an article from the chairman of the Icelandic Forestry Association, in honour of the association’s 90 anniversary this year.

The cover picture is of a painting titled “Vigdís”, by Tryggvi Ólafsson, showing Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. Vigdís is an honorary member of the Icelandic Forestry Association and celebrated her 90th birthday on April 15. It was therefore fitting that a picture of her adorns the cover of this issue, considering the turning point of Vigdís’s election as the first elected female president in the world, but this issue marks a turning point in the history of the Journal, as it’s the first issue in the Journal’s history, dating back to 1933, where the majority of article authors are women.

The Icelandic Forestry Association offers cooperation on employment initiatives

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The board of the Icelandic Forestry Association (IFA) agreed at a board meeting on May 11 to offer, on behalf of its around 60 member associations, to lead a wide-ranging employment initiative in collaboration with municipalities and forestry associations all over Iceland.

The IFA and its member associations successfully led an employment initiative during the years 2009-2012, creating hundreds of jobs in the forestry sector in forest maintenance and building up recreation infrastructure in forests.

The present employment situation calls for cohesive action and projects that improve the local environment and provide opportunities for young people to work in nature for two to three months. The arrangement for the initiative could be like the arrangement that worked well previously. A trilateral agreement would be set up between the IFA, a local forestry association and a local municipality. The forestry associations would submit proposals for environmental and forestry projects in their areas. The IFA has applied for a 70 million ISK contribution from the government to help cover the cost of materials, facilities, and transportation. The local municipality would hire the workers and pay wages. Municipalities have the option of hiring people from the unemployment register and could request a contribution frome the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Through this many jobs could be created at a relatively low cost.

Mosfellsbær Forestry Association annual general meeting 2020

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The Mosfellsbær Forestry Association hosts its annual general meeting on Tuesday, May 19, starting at 20:00. The meeting is held at the hall of the Kyndill Rescue Team at Völuteigur 23.

On the programme are regular meeting activities. In view of the situation with COVID-19 no refreshments will be offered, nor a presentation given, as is customary. The 2 m distancing rule will be respected and disinfectant provided.

Congratulations Vigdís!

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The Icelandic Forestry Association offers its heartfelt congratulations to Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, who turns 90 years old today.

Vigdís has been one of the most prominent proponents of forestry and land reclamation in Iceland, both during her presidency and later. For her contribution to forestry Vigdís was made an honorary member of the Icelandic Forestry Association in 1984 and she has always contributed to the Association – been a regular attendee at the Association’s annual general meetings and shown up for those events and works the Association has called her to, always with a smile. The forestry sector in Iceland can be very grateful for having her as part of the team.

Those who wish to honour Vigdís on this occasion can contribute to the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute Fund (https://vigdis.hi.is/en/stofnunin/styrktarsjodur/).

The Icelandic Forestry Association also celebrates this year, but the Association will turn 90 on June 27.

Hafnarfjörður Forestry Association General Annual Meeting 2020

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The Hafnarfjörður Forestry Association holds its general annual meeting on Thursday April 2nd at Apótekið, Hafnarborg, Strandgata 34. The meeting starts at 20:00. A proposal for amending the association‘s bylaws regarding its board will be presented.

Following regular meeting activities the association offers coffee refreshments, followed by a presentation by the product designer Sóley Þráinsdóttir, titled „Forest produce and cleaning products“.