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    Iceland Is Growing New Forests for the First Time in 1,000 Years

    The landscape of Iceland has changed a lot in a thousand years. When the Vikings first arrived in the ninth century, the land was covered in 25 to 40 percent forest.

    Within a few centuries, almost all of the island’s trees were slashed and burned to make room for farming. This rapid deforestation has resulted in massive soil erosion that puts the island at risk for desertification.

    Today, the Icelandic Forest Service has taken on the mammoth task of bringing back the woodlands. With the help of forestry societies and forest farmers, Iceland’s trees are slowly beginning to make a comeback. Watch this short film by Euforgen to learn more about how their efforts are working to benefit Iceland's economy and ecology through forestry.

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    Wow!!! This is so good news!!!

    To be honest, one of the reasons why I chose Norway, not Iceland, was the lack of forests in Iceland... But if Iceland is going to have more forests, then I'm considering it!!!

    I'd love to see Iceland covered at least 1/3 by forests... there's enough space for forests there... Would be lovely, don't you think so?
    Die Farben duften frisch und grün... Lieblich haucht der Wind um mich.

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    I love that Iceland is doing this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Víđálfr View Post
    Wow!!! This is so good news!!!

    To be honest, one of the reasons why I chose Norway, not Iceland, was the lack of forests in Iceland... But if Iceland is going to have more forests, then I'm considering it!!!

    I'd love to see Iceland covered at least 1/3 by forests... there's enough space for forests there... Would be lovely, don't you think so?
    I'll keep my finger up. I'm ''forest girl''...

    Still the erosion is (and have been) much stronger now as they don't have any forests there. Wind is much harder too etc.

    To get trees growing can be challenger ... but I wish them luck. Maybe global warming will help them here.

    UK next?

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    When the Vikings first arrived in the ninth century, the land was covered in 25 to 40 percent forest.
    Back then, Greenland was also suitable for agriculture. Things have changed.
    There are examples in the saga's that driftwood was very valuable on Iceland, which demonstrates that wood was already scarce on the island. Furthermore, the actual remaining forests of Iceland are located in areas where there is more natural protection from the harsh climate. It is telling that the trees in these areas don't grow very tall either.

    Most of these newly planted forests consist of non-native species that are better capable of dealing with the Icelandic climate. Many of them are also meant as production forests. I'm not convinced by this narrative that a 'natural Iceland' would be a country full of forests. This story seems to me to be a result of the misconception that green=better.

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    I didn't know that Iceland have had trees. I thought the tree line was just south of Iceland.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_line

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    Good they are replanting forest, but sad to see they are introducing foreign species into their ecosystem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    but sad to see they are introducing foreign species into their ecosystem.
    I had the same thought while watching the video, but this is how forestry is done in general... They usually acclimatize species from other parts of the world, and this is done everywhere if they don't have success with local species... And sometimes even if they have, though I'm not sure about it...

    If anyone here has more knowledge about forestry and silviculture, please shed some light on the matter!

    Other than that, I don't think interfering with Nature in this way is good either... but unfortunately they do it a lot, also in horticulture and other domains...
    Die Farben duften frisch und grün... Lieblich haucht der Wind um mich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    Good they are replanting forest, but sad to see they are introducing foreign species into their ecosystem.
    That's the problem. A plantation of exotic species for forestry is not a forest. A forest have multiple native species of different age growing in a more random way. Like in Białowieża.

    We need forestry, that's a fact, but they could leave small pockets of untouched primeval forest.

    This is a real forest.



    They could at least use continental native species for the reforestation fo Iceland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volk und Rasse View Post
    We need forestry, that's a fact, but they could leave small pockets of untouched primeval forest.
    Untouched primeval forest in Iceland? Where exactly?

    I agree they should let forests their way, and not interfere too much. There was a good video about such kind of forestry on the internet, but they put it down unfortunately... In the video a brave woman was saying they realized that they were doing forestry in a wrong way, that they didn't understand how Nature works, and they should change the approach in forestry. Very good video. No wonder it was closed down. Both the website with that, and both the video from youtube... I wanted to share it here...
    Die Farben duften frisch und grün... Lieblich haucht der Wind um mich.

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