New Wilderness Management Team – Volunteers Wanted!
We are very excited about the launch of the new Thórsmörk Wilderness Management Team.
This summer the Iceland Forest Service (Skógrækt ríkisins) is for the first time establishing its own teams of international volunteers who will work on practical projects in Thórsmörk and Goðaland. They will work along side volunteers from our partner organisations and our summer staff. This project has been setup to increase the amount of trail maintenance work being carried out in the area and to help with the development of several new initiatives. Our teams will be staying in camps close to the worksites but our basecamp is at Langidalur where we are hosted by our friends from Ferðafélag Íslands.
The Pathfinder trail-mapping project was piloted in Thórsmörk by the Forest Service last summer and will now be extended to include Goðaland. GPS data collection and survey work will be an important part of the new team’s work. We will also be focusing on erosion damage areas on the trail to Fimmvörðuháls close to areas of fresh lava from the 2010 eruption. New techniques were used in 2012 and this work will be continued and increased this summer. Our task will include mapping and recording methods to enable monitoring and assessment of the success of the work being carried out over time.
We have also included a special hiking week in the programme format to allow participants to complete the Laugavegur hiking trail from Landmannalaugar to Thórsmörk or if they wish they can go off explore other parts of the country. Transport to the start of the hike in Landmannalauagar and lightweight food is organised by the programme. Projects run for six weeks and there is no participation fee. The programme outline and application form are now on our website.
Our countdown to the summer begins…