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1994 – Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) at Suðurgata in Reykjavík, SW-Iceland

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The sycamore at Suðurgata was planted by the merchant Nicolaj Bjarnason and his family in 1918. The tree stands at over 10 m tall, with a large and even canopy. It has often borne ripe seeds and thus has descendants all over the country. Sycamore grows quite well in Iceland, although it is relatively slow growing and needs fertile soils and care in its youth. In its original habitats it can reach a height of 20-25 m and an age of at least 500 years, so the sycamore at Suðurgata still has a long life ahead of it.

Location of the tree on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/DMSSYtHQf8Kz7wHs6

An article (in Icelandic) from Skógræktarritið – The Journal of the Icelandic Forestry Association about the tree (here).

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1993 – Birch (Betula pubescens) in Fljótsdalur, E-Iceland

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After no nominations for a Tree of the Year from the first tree in 1989 the project was re-launched in 1993, with expanded criteria (rarity, historical interest, beauty, unique positions etc.) with a birch tree in Fljótsdalur selected by the forest farmer Helgi Hallgrímsson as the Tree of the Year 1993. The tree stands in Skógarbali on the land of the farm Vallholt, along with four other birch trees, that have been nicknamed “eikurnar á Skógarbala” (“the oaks at Skógarbali”, large trees in the area have traditionally been referred to as “oaks”) and that are the last remnants of a large birch forest that used to cover the area. A local poet has written an ode to the tree, and the cluster of birch trees used to be a popular rest spot for travellers. The trees date back to the late 19th century, so are well over a century old.

Location on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/R4uS8v6sFsoVEgPZ9

An article (in Icelandic) from Skógræktarritið – The Journal of the Icelandic Forestry Association about the tree (here).

1989 – Birch (Betula pubescens) in Vaglaskógur in N-Iceland

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This first Tree of the Year was selected by Sigurður Blöndal, former head of the Icelandic Forestry Service and is a birch tree, standing in the outskirts of Vaglaskógur, near one of the main forest roads. At the time the tree was described as being tall for birch trees in Iceland, around 10 m in height and forming a single trunk up to about 3 m height, much broader than most birches. The bark was white and smooth, and the canopy is large, splitting into five main branches forming a larger canopy than most birch trees found in Iceland.

An article (in Icelandic) from Skógræktarritið – The Journal of the Icelandic Forestry Association about the tree (here). 

Líf í lundi 2022

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Líf í lundi er útivistar- og fjölskyldudagur í skógum landsins nú um helgina. Í boði eru fjölbreyttir viðburðir víða um land:

 

Skógardagurinn mikli, 24. júní kl.18:00 og 25. júní kl. 12:00-16:00

Gróðursetning í Úlfarsfelli 25. júní kl. 10:00-15:00

Samvera í Seljadalsskógi, 25. júní kl. 11:00

Skógardagur í Álfholtsskógi, 25. júní kl. 11:00-16:00

Skógarganga í Fossselsskógi, 25. júní kl. 14:00-16:00

Fjölskyldudagur í Höfðaskógi, 25. júní kl. 14:00-17:00

Hátíð í Bolholtsskógi, 25. júní kl. 16:00

Skógarblót í Öskjuhlíð, 25. júní kl. 21:00

Fuglaskoðun í Hánefsstaðaskógi, 26. júní kl. 13:00-16:00

Gróðursetning í Guðmundarlundi, 27. júní kl. 17:00

Skógardagur í Slögu, 27. júní kl. 18:00

 

 

Nánari upplýsingar um einstaka viðburði er að finna á Skógargátt (www.skogargatt.is) og á Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lifilundi/).

Planting in Vinaskógur

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On Thursday June 2nd, students at Kerhólsskóli in Grímsnes and Grafningshreppur planted 55 trees in Vinaskógur by Þingvellir, in collaboration with the Ombudsman for Children, the Icelandic Forestry Association and the Yrkja fund.

The occasion for the planting was the Children‘s Forum which was first held in November 2019 and again in March of this year. Environmental issues are very important to children and great emphasis was placed on these issues in discussions at both the Children‘s Forums held. The aim of the planting is to offset carbon emissions from emissions related to the travel of the child MPs that attended the Forums and especially those who came the furthest, in accordance with the child MPs’ emphasis on environmental and climate issues and environmentally friendly modes of transport.

Vinaskógur was founded on the occasion of the Land Reclamation Forest Campaign in 1990, based on an idea by then president Mrs. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, who is a patron of the forest. She is also the patron of the Children’s Forum and it is therefore appropriate to choose Vinaskógur for planting now. All students at Kerhólsskóli took part in the planting together with the staff of the Ombudsman for Children. Sævar Helgi Bragason gave a small talk on environmental and nature protection and the planting concluced with refreshments offered by the Ombudsman for Children. The Icelandic Forestry Association is in charge of planting and caring for Vinaskógur.

Sævar Helgi Bragason gives a talk.

Working together.

Putting the tree in the ground.

Planting well under way.

The youngest kids helped to plant the largest tree.

Gróðursetning í Vinaskógi

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Fimmtudaginn 2. júní gróðursettu nemendur í Kerhólsskóla í Grímsnes- og Grafningshreppi 55 trjáplöntur í Vinaskógi við Þingvelli, í samstarfi við umboðsmann barna, Skógræktarfélag Íslands og Yrkjusjóð.

Tilefni gróðursetningarinnar var barnaþing sem fyrst var haldið í nóvember 2019 og í annað sinn í mars á þessu ári. Umhverfismál eru börnum afar hugleikin og var mikil áhersla lögð á þau málefni í umræðum á báðum barnaþingum. Markmið gróðursetningarinnar er að binda kolefni á móti losun tengdri ferðum barnaþingmanna og sérstaklega þeirra sem komu lengst að, í samræmi við áherslur barnaþingmanna á umhverfis- og loftslagsmál og umhverfisvæna samgöngumáta.

Til Vinaskógar var stofnað í tilefni Landgræðsluskógaátaksins árið 1990 og átti frú Vigdís Finnbogadóttir hugmyndina að honum og er hún verndari hans. Hún er jafnframt verndari barnaþings og því vel við hæfi að velja Vinaskóg til gróðursetningarinnar nú. Allir nemendur Kerhólsskóla tóku þátt í gróðursetningunni ásamt starfsfólki umboðsmanns barna. Sævar Helgi Bragason flutti börnunum og öðrum viðstöddum hugvekju um umhverfis- og náttúruvernd og endaði gróðursetningin á hressingu í boði umboðsmanns barna. Skógræktarfélag Íslands hefur umsjón með gróðursetningu og umhirðu Vinaskógar.

Rangæingar Forestry Association Annual General Meeting

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The Annual General Meeting of the Rangæingar Forestry Association will be held on Thursday, June 9th, at Safnaðarheimilið at Hella, Dynskálar 8, starting at 20:00.

On the programme are regular meeting activities. Guest speaker at the meeting will be Hreinn Óskarsson from the Iceland Forest Service.

Refreshments on offer.

Aðalfundur Skógræktarfélags Rangæinga 2022

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Aðalfundur Skógræktarfélags Rangæinga verður haldinn fimmtudaginn 9. júní n.k í Safnaðarheimilinu á Hellu Dynskálum 8.  Fundurinn hefst kl. 20.00.

Dagskrá:

1.  Venjuleg aðalfundarstörf
2.  Önnur mál.

Gestur fundarins verður Hreinn Óskarsson sviðstjóri þjóðskóga hjá Skógræktinni.

Kaffiveitingar í boði félagsins.

The Icelandic Forestry Association and Katla Geopark sign a declaration of co-operation

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The Icelandic Forestry Association and Katla Geopark signed a declaration of co-operation on Wednesday, May 4th. which aims to strengthen and increase the interest of municipalities in the South in forests and forestry. In collaboration with the Mýrdælingar Forestry Association, the Mörk Forestry Association, nd the Rangæingar Forestry Association the aim is to strengthen and increase the interest of municipalities in the South of Iceland in forests and forestry, by drawing attention to the importance of tree planting as part of the fight against climate change, educating and mobilizing the younger generations and promoting sustainable nature-based tourism in the South. The declaration is part of the Skógarfólkið project by the Icelandic Forestry Association, which aims to create a closer bond between the Icelandic Forestry Association and its member associations, assist them in their socio-cultural activities to enhance their attractiveness within local communities, and find ways to promote forestry in the Icelandic society. The representatives of all parties signed the declaration of co-operation.

Representatives of the collaborating parties at the signing. From left: Elisabeth Bernard, project manager of the collaboration project at the Icelandic Forestry Association; Brynjólfur Jónsson, Director of the Icelandic Forestry Association; Þorsteinn Jónsson, secretary of the Rangæingar Forestry Association; Berglind Sigmundsdóttir, manager of Katla Geopark; Sigurgeir Már Jensson, chairman of the Mýrdælingar Forestry Association and Jón Þorbergsson, chairman of the Mörk Forestry Association.

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