The TreProX Project

 

This project aims to create the foundation for an emerging small-scale, forest-based industry in Iceland by learning from experiences of other Scandinavian partners. 

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TreProx course on timber sorting

TreProx course on timber sorting

The last day of the Iceland visit was spent in Þjórsárdalur, an area where the Iceland Forest Services has planted and maintained a forest for almost 80 years. There the participants had practical excercises, under the guidance of Tomas Ivarsson, based on timber...

TreProx workshop on using the timber sorting guide

TreProx workshop on using the timber sorting guide

On Thursday Tomas Ivarsson, one of the editors of the book Commercial Grading of Timber - Grading Rules, gave the theoretical part of his workshop based on the book. The book is really a handbook and participants learned how to use the book as a guide to sorting...

Day three – visit to Mógilsá and Heiðmörk

Day three – visit to Mógilsá and Heiðmörk

After a very nice breakfast at Hvanneyri, the program of day three of the TreProX Icelandic workshop started formally at Mógilsá, the Iceland Forest Services Research Center. The Director of the center, Dr. Edda Sigurdís Oddsdóttir, began the program by telling the...

About the project

This project aims to create the foundation for an emerging small-scale, forest-based industry in Iceland by learning from experiences of other Scandinavian partners. 

The Agricultural University of Iceland and the Iceland Forest Service have followed closely the forest development in Iceland over past decades. The history of forestry in Iceland is rather short since the first woods were only planted about 100 years ago. But growing timber for harvesting only began around the 1980s, when farmers started planned forestry with governmental support schemes. 

Today – 40 years later it has become an urgent matter to formulate and implement coordinated quality assessment guides for the main tree species used in Icelandic forestry. 

The creation of wood-processing knowledge on an Iceland-specific level will be the foundation to kick off this development. Wider possibilities of using Icelandic quality timber will also serve to make the forest industry more sustainable. Therefore a main outcome of this innovative project will be to build up wood-processing education in Iceland and furthermore transfer and adapt existing European timber standards to Icelandic circumstances in close cooperation with experienced partners from countries with a long wood processing history (Sweden and Denmark).

The exciting training and teaching materials from Denmark and Sweden will be updated and adapted to Icelandic circumstances. All of the materials will be adjusted to digital learning principles. 

Further project outcome will be the revision of a curriculum that enables the transfer of Icelandic lessons learned from kickstarting commercial timberlands to third countries who are facing similar challenges.