POSTPONED: National Park in Østmarka. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

There has been proposed to establish a national park in Østmarka south of Oslo. It will eventually be the first one in a lowland coniferous forest in Norway. In this talk, professor Leif Ryvarden, professor in mycology at the University of Oslo, will give us his perspectives on the many national parks around Norway.

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From Nord-Elvåga, on the border between Oslo and Lørenskog. Photo: Kjetil Ree.

For a long time almost all national parks in Norway have been established in government owned areas- partly because it was easier – no objections from other owners, and partly because it was cheap. Since almost all lowland in Norway is privately owned, this mean that almost all parks were established above he timberline or far to the north i.e. in the taiga.

After criticism finally 3 parks were then established in the Oslo –fjord area even if 95% of the parks is sea and the rest is skerries and barren shores.

As a reaction to this situation, there has now been proposed the establishment of a park in Østmarka south of Oslo by widening an already existing natural reserve.

Ryvarden will also give a short survey of the most prominent of the national parks.

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Leif Ryvarden has been professor in mycology at the University of Oslo and have written some 300 international publications about wood degrading fungi from all 5 continents.  He has written some 40 popular books in Norwegian books, either alone or with other authors. These covers different aspects of Norwegian nature, especially the national parks, all of which he has visited at least twice.

About the event series

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome.

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Published Jan. 12, 2021 3:23 PM - Last modified May 11, 2021 11:54 AM