Faroe Islands issued a set of stamp to mark under EUROPA 2011 to mark this year as the international year of forest as declared by United Nations.
Forests – not exactly what one associates with the Faroe Islands – rather the contrary.
The North Atlantic archipelago is known for its treeless appearance.
Climatic and geographic conditions, human influence and centuries of sheep-breeding have left the islands practically treeless.
But it has not always been that way. If we go back to the volcanic period millions of years ago, we note that there have been periods of extensive forest growth.
Charred wood residues, and prints from leaves and needles are found in the coal strata in Suduroy and Mykines.
These finds indicate more favorable times on the mini-continent, which the current Faroe then were part of. Cypress, yew and juniper, giant sequoia and various kinds of deciduous trees – it’s hard to imagine today.
Title: Europa 2011 – Faroe Islands
Date of Issue: 26 April 2011
Country: Faeroe Island
Denominations: 10,00 Kr 12,00 Kr
Source: Faroe Islands