The Icelandic Forestry Association (IFA) is a national umbrella organisation for local and regional forestry associations throughout Iceland, who together form one of the largest non-governmental organisations in Iceland. The IFA was founded in 1930, making it one of the oldest environmental associations in Iceland. The IFA is an advocate of all the forestry associations, guards their interests and speaks and acts on their behalf as needed. The goal of the IFA is to further the interests of forestry in Iceland and encourage all kinds of environmental improvements. Publishing and education form a large part of the IFA ‘s activities, but the IFA also supervises and plays a part in various specific forestry projects and provides guidance and information for its member associations, businesses and the general public.
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The association organises a variety of educational events, both by itself and in collaboration with others, and publishes an assortment of educational and informative material. Its regular publications are Skógræktarritið (Journal of the Icelandic Forestry Association) – the only journal focused on forestry in Iceland, a newsletter called Laufblaðið (The Leaf) and Frækornið (The Seed) – a small information leaflet dealing with specific topics, for example individual tree species. In addition to these regular publications the association has throughout the years published one-off or special publications, such as brochures related to specific projects or events.
The association manages two forestry areas – in the Brynjudalur valley and at the Úlfljótsvatn farm, both about one hours drive from Reykjavík. At Brynjudalur the association has cultivated Christmas trees in a recreational forest setting for over a quarter of a century. The Úlfljótsvatn farm was bought by the association in 2011 and is co-owned with the Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Association and the Reykjavík Scouting Union.
The IFA is a partner in or supervises several forestry projects, in collaboration with individual forestry associations and other organisations and funds.
The main projects that the association works on are Landgræðsluskógar (Land Reclamation Forests), Tré ársins (Tree of the Year), Kolviður (Iceland Carbon Fund), Opinn skógur (Open forest), Yrkja (Yrkja fund) and Landgræðslusjóður (Land Reclamation Fund).
The IFA has also participated in numerous other projects, both one-off projects and projects that ran for a limited number of years.
The Icelandic Forestry Association (IFA) runs many different projects in the field of afforestation and environmental improvement and over the course of its history many volunteers, both domestic and international, have taken part in this work. For more information on our volunteering programme – click here!
The Lake House of Úlfljótsvatn
The association has a license for operating a small guesthouse at Úlfljótsvatn. The Lake House of Úlfljótsvatn is open for visitors from October to the beginning of May. Guests can enjoy the beautiful scenery and quietness of Úlfljótsvatn and the mountain Búrfell. The ambition of the guesthouse is to develop further the awareness of the need of forests and reforestation and promote our activities internationally. Special projects for the house will be developed in the future based on that perspective.
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