The Environment Committee of Djúpavogshreppur, East Iceland, has appealed for more action to be taken to eradicate Alaskan lupine in the area, visir.is reports.
Lupine is the blue flower in the foreground. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Lupine was imported to Iceland from Alaska in 1945 by the Iceland Forest Services to add nitrogen to the soil and prevent soil erosion in barren areas. The plant is now considered an invasive species in Iceland due to the large areas which it has colonized and the threat it poses to native species.
“Now is the time to fight this pest that threatens Icelandic flora in the area,” the committee says, appealing to the community to take the initiative to get together and assist in eradicating the species.
According to a statement from the committee, it is important to cut the plant close to the ground.