This is one of the tallest birch in Iceland, found in Iceland's only genetic conservation unit in Northern Iceland.

National coordinator

Thröstur Eysteinsson
Iceland Forest Service
700 Egilsstadir, Iceland

Quick Info

Letter of Agreement signed on 11 Nov 2016

Member in 2005-2009 and since 2016


  • Brynjar Skúlason, Icelandic Forest Service
  • in situ genetic conservation unit
    ex situ genetic conservation unit
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    Focal point

    Brynjar Skúlason
    Icelandic Forest Service

    The European Information System on Forest Genetic Resources (EUFGIS) provides geo-referenced and harmonized data on genetic conservation units of forest trees in Europe.

    News from the country

    Management of forest genetic resources in Iceland

    Forestry in Iceland mostly revolves around afforestation of treeless land by planting, with a variety of goals, including timber production, erosion control, reclamation of native forest ecosystems, amenity and shelter. The main tree species planted are native Betula pubescens and Sorbus aucuparia and exotic Larix sukaczewiiPicea sitchensisPinus contorta and Populus trichocarpa. Management of genetic resources varies by species. Accelerated breeding and selection programmes are ongoing for Betula pubescensLarix sukaczewii and Populus trichocarpaPicea sitchensis seed is collected from stands of tested provenances and seed orchards of selected plus-trees have been established. Source identified material is used in propagation of Pinus contorta and Sorbus aucuparia. In addition to this, stands of native Betula pubescens with high genetic value have been identified and two of these can be considered to be gene reserves, since their management plans include provisions for genetic resource management.

    Further information

    Forestry in a treeless land 

    Iceland Forest Service (in Icelandic)

    EUFORGEN publications