The Archipelago Foundation is active in many different ways in the Stockholm archipelago, and the Foundation’s rangers have become a familiar sight for many visitors. Our activities cover a wide geographic area and are diverse in character, making the Foundation an important factor in the work towards long-term sustainable development of the Stockholm archipelago.
Around 40 rangers work in our nature reserves. Most of these live in the archipelago close to their reserve: they are well-versed in the archipelago and know their reserve extremely well. The work of the rangers is highly diverse in many fields – it can range from counting birds to refuse collection, from building maintenance to clearing undergrowth. Their work has changed much during the years. One important task of the rangers today is to provide visitors with information about the rules that govern behaviour in nature reserves and when visiting the archipelago reserves. Another important task is to inform people about the wonderful experiences in the archipelago, and guide them to these.
The Foundation owns more than 1,000 buildings and a further 2,000 edifices (such as huts, pumping houses and jetties), located in our reserves in the archipelago and on the mainland. The buildings are of all sizes and shapes, from manor houses and farms to fisherman’s huts, outhouses and lighthouses. The buildings are primarily to be used for the activity they were designed for, or as personnel accommodation. Other uses include maritime pubs, inns, hostels, tourist cabins, and other activities for visitors. Care and maintenance of our many buildings is today a significant part of the Foundation’s work.
Grazing animals are used in the archipelago to keep the landscape open and preserve the beautiful cultural landscape. The Archipelago Foundation has 16 tenant farms, 10 on islands and six on the mainland. These are fundamental to preserving the landscape structure. Several of the farms are operated following ecological principles, and on a small-scale. Some of the Foundation tenant farmers are employed as conservation officers, which means that agriculture can continue in a small-scale manner with the greatest possible environmental gain.
In addition to its work in surveillance, nature conservation, care of buildings and agriculture, the Foundation also promotes the development of the archipelago in a wider context. This has two aspects: from the perspective of a visitor attraction and from an environmental perspective. Several projects dealing with such topics as infrastructure, visitor issues, environmental issues and issues important to young people have been started in recent years. Much of this development work is externally funded from, among other sources, the EU.
An ever-increasing activity involves working through various media channels to inform about our reserves and the work of the Archipelago Foundation. Our work can be followed here through our website, and we have a facebook page. The brochure Skärgårdsnatur (“The Natural World of the Archipelago”) presents all of our reserves from north to south, while the newsletter distributed to Friends, Stångmärket, provides more detailed information and interesting reports about the Foundation and its work. Personnel from the Foundation visit various trade fairs and shows throughout the year to inform Friends and visitors about our activities.