EFOL – European Foresters’ Orienteering Championships
was initiated by Leif Strömquist in 1994 as a summer activity for
European foresters following the similar winter activity for European
foresters, EFNS, which was founded in Germany already in
1969. Mr. Strömquist met understanding for his proposal when he was
working in Latvia and together with Mr. Martins Gaigals, Latvian State
Forest Service, the first EFOL was organised in Strenci, Latvia in
EFOL follows the concept of EFNS, thus, allowing
forestry employees, forestry educated individuals, forest owners and
forest contractors and their respective closest family members to
The statutes of EFOL require a forest organisation
to financially support an EFOL arrangement. The lead organisation of
EFOL, the International Committee (IC EFOL) and its Board do not take
any financial responsibilities for EFOL events, though they facilitate
the local organiser in his efforts. The Annual Meeting of IC EFOL
decides on organisers for EFOL events based on received applications.
The Annual Meeting takes place at the annual EFOL championships.
An EFOL arrangement consists of:
Training day as first offer to the participants prior to the competitions.
Team Leaders’ meeting at the beginning of the event.
A Forest Information Evening for further professional forest training purposes.
A full day with forest and culture excursions for the purpose of further professional forest training.
An evening with a joint dinner/party for the participants.
Championships in orienteering:
- Middle distance
Annual Meeting of IC EFOL.
competitions follow the rules of the IOF, the International
Orienteering Federation, however, EFOL has its own distribution on age
classes both for men and women.
EFOL has been organised in:
2000 Czech Republic
2009 Czech Republic
EFOL will be organised in:
around 350 foresters participate every year at EFOL. The number of
countries varies, but as an average there are between 11 and 14
countries at each event.
It is regarded extremely
important that the competitions will be organised by experienced
orienteerers representing an OL club with substantial experiences from
previous professional championships, so that it will be safeguarded
that the competition will meet highest quality standard regarding new
and not previously used maps in the right scales covering appropriate
terrains for the EFOL participants, regarding the competition tracks
and controls, and regarding the electronical punshing system and timing.
there are high expectations on the forest professional further training
program (see above) and the possibilities for international forest