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In 2022 the roundwood prices on delivery timber increased for sawlogs by 14 percent and for pulpwood by 19 percent in comparison to 2021. The prices are volume weighted averages for delivery timber and refer to current prices, which do not take inflation into account.
Almost 31 000 people were employed in forestry during 2021, that is about the same level as 2020. Occupational accidents increased slightly during 2021.
In November 2022 the area covered by notifications and applications for permits of final felling was down by 10 percent compared with November 2021, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The area covered by applications in montane forests was 82 percent smaller than November last year.
The median contiguous area of regeneration felling was 2.2 hectares in 2021 and the largest 5 percent of contiguous areas of regeneration were 13.8 hectares or larger. Just under 10 percent of the regeneration area was left as environmental consideration during the felling seasons 2016/17 – 2018/19. The average width of the zones left as consideration areas around water was 11 meters and the proportion of the stretch of shoreline that lacked a zone with consideration areas was 31 percent.
According to the Swedish Forest Agency's inventory, the proportion of known cultural remains that are affected by regeneration felling has decreased slightly since 2021. At the national level, the proportion of damaged and severely damaged cultural remains is now at the lowest level since the inventory began in 2012. However, in northern Norrland the proportion of damaged and severely damaged cultural remains has increased.
The conversion factor used for the calculation of the annual felling statistics will be slightly adjusted. The adjustment is made after a study that the Swedish Forest Agency has carried out together with the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk) as part of the work to continuously improve the quality of the statistics. The adjustment will also mean that the statistics for gross felling will decrease slightly.
Statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency show that 84 percent of the annual harvested forest area has been regenerated to the levels stipulated by the Forestry Act. This is a decrease with 2 percentage points compared with results from 2021, and the lowest approval figure in eight years.
In October 2022 the area covered by notifications and applications for permits of final felling was down by 4 percent compared with October 2021, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The area covered by applications in montane forests was 10 percent smaller than October last year.
Timber stocks were 16 percent lower on September 30 than they were in June, according to the Swedish Forest Agency's inventory survey. The decrease is due to reduced stocks of pulpwood and pulp chips. The stocks of softwood saw logs have increased slightly.