They are among the oldest living creations in Norway, and literally have roots that go back to the Middle Ages and to the Viking Age. As biological fortresses, they preserve values that cannot be measured in monetary terms. As many as 1,500 species may be living in our rare and ancient veteran oak trees.
This is how one of the stories from the Norwegian nature starts, the story about hollow oaks. You can read this and the following stories on the attached information sheets.
Each of these stories are about what is called selected habitat types and prioritized species in a regulation under the Norwegian Nature Diversity Act.
Selected habitat types are areas to which special consideration should be given with regard to planning, development and other uses and management of nature. The State can provide subsidies for measures to look after selected habitat types.
The taking, damaging or destruction of prioritised species is forbidden. If necessary, legislation governing the area in which the species live can be drafted. The State can provide subsidies for measures to look after prioritised species.
”The Old Master” oak tree by the lake Krøderen, Norway has inspired several artists. Photo: Marianne Gjørv.