Iceland Is Growing New Forests For The First Time In 1,000 Years… – Eco Snippets

Iceland Is Growing New Forests For The First Time In 1,000 Years…

Iceland Is Growing New Forests For The First Time In 1,000 Years...

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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. Check it out below…

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The planet need them! Well done.

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Far better than the plantation monoculture “forestry” I observed during a visit to Scotland in 2010.

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Hope it will not be a uniculture, and that they are planting a diverse variety.

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Wonderful video that gives us hope for what can be done.

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Nicholas Smith

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The permafrost is melting due to global warming so expect to see lots more forests. Good move.

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I,m NOT a greenie but this is wonderful to see .

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The Earth can repair itself. Too bad humans are destroying it so quickly.

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Coz it’s gettin so friggin hot there. That’s why

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    I wouldn’t call it hot

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Yes, but do they have to be planted in serried ranks? Wouldn’t a scheme inspired by nature be better?

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    The current scheme is most likely management driven and once established the environment will have its effect on reshaping the look.

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OMG… that they would have to stabilize the soil by doing so is the saddest part.

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Wonderful! The more trees planted the better off we’ll all be!

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Yay for foresters!

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kudos Iceland from Himalayas, Nepal !

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16 years ago ouer school in Norway, went to Iceland and planted trees.
This has been done many years before we went there, and been done every year sins…

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They’ve been planting forests for decades now. Trees that are 15 years old around only about 4-5 feet high. I was told the joke in Iceland is that if you’re ever lost in the forest, just stand up!

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    Allie Aldridge what kind of trees

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    Bridget Irene Miskell short trees. ?

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    Bridget Irene Miskell coniferous, but don’t remember specifics

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They had a forests 700 y ago

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Iceland is just below the Arctic Circle, about the same as Nome, Alaska …. trees relatively rare

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Lets do this in Australia!!!

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It takes a lot longer time for a tree to grow in colder regions and they usually aren’t becoming that high either because of the heavy winds… Since they break down otherwise.
Years ago they planted new trees and its only now that they start to see them like trees and not only shrubbery…

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