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Summer 2020 in Thórsmörk… Volunteer places available

We are now back to work after our winter break and busy with preparations for next season. We have been reading applications, completing interviews and starting to gather the team.

Once again, we are delighted with the response to our call for volunteers and it has been very nice to hear from so many people who would like to join us in Thórsmörk next summer. It is especially nice to have contact so many of our old volunteers and also applicants who have heard about the programme from friends who have volunteered with us before.

We have now started to allocate places and the groups are taking shape. We have a lot planned for the summer and the 2020 programme will be our most ambitious to date. In addition to the trail maintenance work, we have a series of new mapping tasks and an increased emphasis on tree planting this season. No previous experience of trail construction work is necessary as practical training will be provided. We are looking for participants who have some experience of camping and hill walking, enjoy wilderness landscapes and are ready for a challenge.

Full details including project outlines, placement dates and application forms can be found on our website. The groups are now starting to fill up, so if you would like to apply for a place this season, don’t delay.

https://trailteam.is/opportunities/
Applications close on January 31st.

Our 10,000 trees in 2020

As we begin to gather our international volunteers for the summer, we have set ourselves a new ambitious target for the season.

As well as the ongoing trail maintenance tasks in Thórsmörk and Goðaland, we aim to plant 10,000 trees at sites close to the Tumastaðir and Þjórsárdalur Forestry Stations. Planting days are planned throughout the season and will start as soon as weather and conditions are suitable. A variety of tree species will be used including native birch and the projects will be organised with our Forest Service collegues who will oversee the work.

Tree planting in Iceland is now gathering pace inline with the country’s climate strategy which includes carbon sequestration through afforestation and revegetation. We are very exitied to be involved in this important new challenge.

Full details about our volunteer projects including placement dates and application forms are now available.
https://trailteam.is/opportunities/
Applications close on January 31st.

Gleðilegt nýtt àr!

We would like to thank all our volunteers and Thórsmörk friends for another great year.

A Happy New Year to you all and very best wishes for 2020.

Trailteam tree planting days…

This summer, as well as the regular trail maintenance projects, our teams have also been involved in tree planting for the first time. In July our volunteers joined staff at the nearby Tumastaðir Forestry Station to help plant 1800 poplars.

It is a small beginning for us, be we hope to return during the next weeks and continue the work. This season our teams have also been involved in series of revegetation projects on damaged areas within Thórsmörk and Goðaland using native willow.

Tree planting in Iceland is now gathering pace inline with the country’s climate strategy which includes carbon sequestration through afforestation and revegetation. Our teams have been excited to get involved and we hope to make these planting days a permanent feature within our volunteer programme.

A big thank you to our colleagues at Tumastaðir for hosting the groups. We look forward to our next visit and continuing the work.

Back to work…

This year, summer has arrived early in Thórsmörk and the good weather has helped us get ahead with preparations for our main volunteer projects which will start in June.

Our first team of the season joined us for 2 weeks in May and included experienced volunteers from the United Kingdom, USA and Canada. As well as setting up the Langidalur volunteer camp in preparation for the summer, the team focused on GIS data collection, trail surveys and maintenance on several of the main routes.

It has been a really great start… the sun is shining and now we are ready.

 

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