The creation and operation of a large open-air open-air museum of natural history 20 million years old, which will operate in parallel with the new road from Kalloni to Sigri and which will connect the Central with Western Lesvos, and especially in its section from Antissa to Sigri, announced the director of the Museum of Natural History of the Fossil Forest of Sigri, Lesvos, Nikos Zouros. The announcement was made in the context of 025 the annual report of the Museum that was made online due to the protection measures against the coronavirus.

This large outdoor exhibition will include fossil viewing sites that came to light during the rescue excavations carried out by the Museum along the road axis since its summer 2018.

They will have a special place the findings that constitute the event of last year. In particular, a large fossil tree was found that was preserved intact with its branches and roots. “This is a very rare find as it is the first time that a fossilized tree with its branches has been found, from 1995 when the excavations in the area of ​​West Lesvos began from the Museum of Natural History of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos “said Mr. Zouros.

Also, at a distance of two kilometers, in another impressive fossilized site, impressive tree trunks were discovered in very good condition, located in successive levels, one on top of the other. “The excavation continues and new fossil logs and other fossils are expected to be fully uncovered in the coming days in order to be preserved and studied. In particular, trunks of large and small coniferous and fruit-bearing trees of different ages were discovered in an area of ​​a few square meters 250. From the study of the formations of the area, it seems that the place represents an old valley “said Mr. Zouros and continued:” The new findings are witnesses of the violence of the volcanic eruptions that covered Lesvos with volcanic materials before 19 million years. The trunks of the trees were destroyed by the violence of the gases of the volcanic eruptions. Large quantities of volcanic ash initially covered the vegetation. Heavy rains then caused extensive flooding that swept the area, sweeping along with volcanic ash and parts of tree trunks. Giant mudflows blocked the valleys, piling up tree trunks in succession. “

Report of actions 2020

The Museum of Natural History of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos implemented the 2018 series of actions in the particularly unfavorable conditions created by the pandemic with the aim of to keep in touch with the public while successfully facing the challenges posed by the pandemic in the operation of the Museum.

At the same time, the Museum throughout the year was active in the fields of research, excavations , maintenance, promotion and protection of fossils, the implementation of European programs, the development of collaborations and promotion actions, but also the promotion and promotion of the Lesvos Geopark.

The year The Museum carried out important projects for the promotion and protection of fossils and in particular:

– The maintenance and promotion of fossils excavation sites in the Fossil Forest Park – Main Petrified Area.

– The excavation, maintenance and protection of fossil sites along the new road axis Kalloni-Sigri.

– The excavation, maintenance and protection of fossil sites in the area of ​​Akrochiras within the project “Wind Power Station (ASPIE) power 2.0 025 MW “,

The Museum also carried out a series of projects to upgrade its facilities and re-exhibit its collections as well as projects to promote its natural and cultural heritage. Lesvos:

– The energy upgrade project of the Museum

– The exhibition presentation of the findings of the area Main Petrified

– The digital applications for the promotion of the geotopes of Lemnos.

– The project “RURITAGE – Rural regeneration through strategies for the promotion of natural and cultural heritage.

Facing the the pandemic

During the 2018 the Museum, developed various digital actions, educational programs and promotion and communication activities in order to maintain contact with the public.

Particularly important was the contact that the Museum digitally developed with its public through a rich program of digital actions and events. More than 5. 000. 000 were the visits to the Museum's websites throughout the year while the visits to the social networks exceeded theirs 15). 000 visitors daily.

The contact developed by the Museum with the educational community was particularly important. With the onset of the limitations of the Covid pandemic – 20, the Museum has designed a variety of digital educational programs for children of all ages. with the aim of their contact with the Petrified Forest and the rich geological and natural heritage of the Lesvos Geopark. Through original educational materials and games, children had the opportunity not only to discover the impressive natural wealth of Lesvos but also the unique natural monument of the Petrified Forest, as well as to learn about volcanoes, earthquakes, climate change of the past and the ecosystems. The digital educational programs have been posted on the renewed website of the Museum ( Indicators of Climate Change in the Aegean “organized by the Museum at the Eugenidou Foundation in Athens at the beginning of the year.

Extremely important for the past year were the actions of cooperation with Universities, research institutes and members of the World Wide Web UNESCO Geoparks, thus strengthening its promotion activities abroad.

Operation of the Kalloni Environmental Information Center

Finally, the Museum of Natural History of Fossil Forest Lesvos from October 2020 took over the operation of the Environmental Information Center of Kalloni (KPEN). The concession of the building to the Museum was made by decision of the Regional Council with a five-year program contract

The Kalloni Environmental Information Center has been operating since October 1995 and carried out a rich program of actions in the countryside as well as digital actions in order to inform the public about the value of wetlands.