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Bark beetle damages behind increase in notifications for final felling in Värmland County

Nyhet | Statistik - 18 August 2020

After last year’s large fluctuations during the summer months in notified area for final felling this year shows levels in line with average levels for June and July during the period 2007 – 2020. Damages by bark beetle the likely reason behind large increase in notifications in Värmland County.

Area of notified final felling so far 2020

As of July 31st, 135 586 hectares have been notified for final felling, which is 7 per cent lower than in the first seven months 2019.

July 2020

The total area notified for final felling in July was 19 448 hectares for the whole country, which is 10 per cent less than the same month in 2019:

  • In region Northern Sweden the notified area decreased by 21 per cent to 4 525 hectares, which is about average for July during the period 2007 – 2020.
  • In region South of Northern Sweden the notified area increased by 7 per cent to 6 370 hectares compared to the same period 2019. This is the highest level for July in 10 years compared to the average level for July during the period 2007 – 2020.
  • In region Central Sweden the notified area declined by 8 per cent compared to July 2019, to 4 812 hectares. This is about average (4 690 hectares) for July for the period 2007–2020.
  • In region Southern Sweden the notified area declined 21 per cent compared to July 2019 (3 741 hectares), which is clearly lower (15 per cent) than the average level for the month during the period 2007 – 2020.

In 2019, large areas were notified for final felling in the region Southern Sweden partly due to damages caused by bark beetle. This could be one reason behind the decline in July 2020 compared to July 2019.

A decline in 13 out of 21 counties

The notified area for final felling declined in 13 counties compared to the same month 2019. Gotland Cunty had the largest decline (75 per cent), but since forest operations in Gotland are comparatively small, changes cause relatively large fluctuations percentagewise. Notified area in Kronoberg County was the lowest for July in 10 years, and Kalmar County had the lowest level in 9 years. Both counties Jönköping and Halland had the lowest levels of notified area for final felling in 8 years.

In Värmland County has the notified area increased by 35 per cent compared to July 2019. This is the highest level in 10 years and 38 per cent higher than average level for July during the period 2007 – 2020. An underlying cause could be the large damages by bark beetle which has affected the county. That could also be one cause why Västmanland County had the highest levels of notified area for final felling in 5 years in July, which is clearly higher (39 per cent) than average level for July for the period 2007 – 2020. Gävleborg County also shows a high level for July (26 per cent) compared to the average for July during the period 2007 – 2020 and it is also the highest level for July in 14 years.

Notification of final felling July 2019 and 2020, hectares:

County July 2019 July 2020 Change
Gotland 138 35 -75%
Halland 231 133 -42%
Jönköping 760 465 -39%
Kalmar 1 096 688 -37%
Södermanland 770 494 -36%
Stockholm 234 170 -28%
Västerbotten 3 504 2 599 -26%
Kronoberg 473 373 -21%
Dalarna 1 760 1 406 -20%
Västra Götaland 809 692 -15%
Norrbotten 2 206 1 925 -13%
Örebro 511 450 -12%
Uppsala 650 599 -8%
Jämtlands 2 803 2 908 4%
Gävleborgs 1 554 1 620 4%
Blekinge 281 297 6%
Östergötland 607 652 7%
Skåne 365 406 11%
Västernorrland 1 611 1 842 14%
Västmanlands 349 433 24%
Värmlands 931 1 260 35%
The whole country 21 644 19 448 -10%

Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission in productive forest land for final felling.

June 2020

The total area notified for final felling in June was 26 168 hectares for the whole country, which is an increase of 13 per cent compared to the same month in 2019:

  • In region Northern Sweden the notified area increased by 12 per cent to 6 739 hectares, which is about average for June during the period 2007 – 2020.
  • In region South of Northern Sweden the notified area increased by 25 per cent to 7 859 hectares compared to the same period 2019. This is about average for June during the period 2007 – 2020.
  • In region Central Sweden the notified area increased by 11 per cent compared to June 2019, to 6 797 hectares. 
  • In region Southern Sweden the notified area for June was about the same as for June 2019.

Increase in 15 out of 21 counties

In June the area notified for final felling increased in 15 of the 21 counties in comparison to June 2019. Uppsala County and Södermanland County had the largest increases by 83 and 81 per cent respectively. The trend during spring with increased levels of notified areas compared to last year in Gävleborg County continued during June, with an increase by 23 per cent compared to June 2019.

Also in June Blekinge and Stockholm counties had the largest declines in notified area with 58 and 36 per cent respectively. Notified area in Blekinge was 106 hectares, which is less than half compared to the average for June during the period 2007 – 2020.

Notification of final felling June 2019 and 2020, hectares:

County June 2019 June 2020 Change
Blekinge 250 106 -58%
Stockholm 322 205 -36%
Östergötland 734 532 -28%
Halland 243 191 -21%
Dalarna 2 362 1 959 -17%
Norrbotten 2 952 2 808 -5%
Jönköping 602 610 1%
Kronoberg 521 529 2%
Örebro 743 767 3%
Västra Götaland 1 322 1 378 4%
Gotland 67 75 12%
Västmanland 433 484 12%
Jämtland 2 595 2 910 12%
Värmland 1 231 1 490 21%
Gävleborg 1 882 2 310 23%
Kalmar 692 883 28%
Västerbotten 3 062 3 931 28%
Skåne 344 466 35%
Västernorrland 1 790 2 639 47%
Södermanland 608 1 099 81%
Uppsala 432 793 83%
The whole country 23 192 26 168 13%

Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission in productive forest land for final felling.

Comment

Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission in productive forest land for final felling. A notification or application for final felling need not mean the forest has been felled.

The survey is part of Official Statistics of Sweden.

All results are published in our statistical database.

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