Afforesting Iceland – a cause for optimism

During the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress, a short film about afforestation in Iceland titled: “Afforesting Iceland – a cause for optimism” was premierely shown. The film really piqued my interest, as I fondly remember planting trees and thinning forest stands during my student practice at the Icelandic Forest Service.

A short description of the film by its authors:

Has Iceland always been a treeless land? Can any forests grow on this island of glaciers and volcanos? The film responds to these questions by telling a story of the forestry in Iceland. It explains why considering the genetic aspects of seeds, cuttings and seedlings is key for resilient forests.

You can watch it here:

Congratulations to Ewa Hermanowicz from EUFORGEN for directing and producing this film. I’ve already watched it several times – if you’re interested in forestry, Iceland, and forest genetics, you should as well.

Do you have any experience with Iceland’s forests? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!

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Title photo: Sitka spruce plantation near Thjorsardalur, Iceland

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