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Icelandic Forestry Association to Create 1,000 Jobs

Up to 1,000 people will have employment this summer in relation to re-vegetation of so-called green areas that belong to forestry associations across the country.

The project is the initiative of the Icelandic Forestry Association and will be undertaken in cooperation with the Directorate of Labor, the government and the local authorities, Morgunbladid reports.

A forested area at the base of Mt. Esja. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsóttir.

The Forestry Association provides employment ideas, the government funding for the cost of materials and the employees will come from the local authorities, who have a number of people registered as unemployed.

“The Icelandic Forestry Association has formed a policy for the next three years aimed at undertaking labor-intensive projects in the field of forestry and outdoor recreation,” said the association’s chairman Magnús Gunnarsson.

Operations have already begun on the so-called Green Path, a three-meter wide and 50-kilometer long route for pedestrians, cyclists and others from Kaldársel in Hafnarfjördur to the roots of Mt. Esja.

“It is planned that the path will be asphalted and access for the disabled improved—it will be revolutionary for them,” said Linda Björk Waage, project leader at the Forestry Association.

“It is possible to organize marathons there—which are approximately 42 kilometers—the distance is long enough for that and the area is incredibly beautiful. The run could attract foreign tourists,” Waage added.

“It will be like a vein winding through all the natural treasures, past Reynisvatn and Ellidavatn [lakes], Waage expanded. “And it is a health initiative—people can spend more time outside. The entire family can participate in it together and this way we turn these green areas into something more.”

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