Come and enjoy a daytrip, volunteering and giving back to nature. Offset your carbon footprint and plant birch trees in a degrated area.
Morning: Meet in Reykjavík and travel together to the restoration site. On the way, a team leader explains about the ecology, history and development of land degradation in Iceland. Upon arrival, the land restoration process and methods are briefly explained. Specific methods to be used that day are demonstrated, and equipment distributed. Team leaders ensure everyone is well-dressed and prepared, and the group gets to work! Work includes stabilizing the soil surface using e.g. fertilizers and old hay, seeding or planting seedlings, or collecting seeds – all depending on the season.
Midday: Over lunch, an educator presents land restoration issues in depth and leads discussion with the group. When possible, the group takes a short visit to a nearby site of natural or cultural interest.
Afternoon: At the conclusion of the day’s volunteer activities, each group places a sign at their site dedicating their work to Icelandic nature. A photo is taken of the group with their sign at the site, copies of which will be given to the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavík, Landvernd, to the volunteer group, and will also be used for outreach in the social media campaign for the program. The group travels back to Reykjavík together.
The project was supported by the American Embassy in Iceland and the Icelandic Ministry for the Environment. Also, Landvernd uses it’s own resources for the development of the project.