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Continued decline in area of forest notified for final felling

Nyhet | Statistik - 13 April 2021

In March 2021 the area of notifications and applications for permit for final felling was down by 4 percent compared with March 2020, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The area of applications in montane forests was over four times larger compared to March last year.

The total area of ​​applications and notifications in the first quarter 2021 for the whole country amounted to 54,945 hectares. That is a decrease of 5 percent compared with the first quarter 2020. Applications for final felling of montane forests amounted to 3,152 hectares, which is just over four times larger compared with the first quarter 2020.

Large decrease in Svealand

Notified and applied area in the first quarter 2021 decreased by 20 percent in Svealand, by 6 percent in Northern Norrland and by 4 percent in Southern Norrland, compared with the first quarter 2020. In Götaland, the notified and applied area increased by 9 percent.

At county level, the notified and applied area decreased in 12 of 21 counties

During the first quarter 2021, the decrease was greatest in the counties of Örebro, Västmanland, Dalarna, Gävleborg and Västernorrland , with a decrease between 25 and 31 percent. In eight counties the notified and applied area increased. The increase was greatest in Halland (64 percent), Jämtland (41 percent), Kalmar (36 percent) and Blekinge County (31 percent), compared with the first quarter 2020. In Jämtland County the increase is due to the applications for final felling in montane forests. Montane forests excluded, the notifications decreased by 7 percent in Jämtland County, compared with the first quarter 2020.

Table 1. Area of notifications and applications for final felling permits for the whole country, hectares.

Notification and application January-March 2020 January-March 2021 Change
Notifications for final felling in normal forest 55 059 49 701 -10%
Notifications for felling for other purposes than forestry in normal forest 1 621 1 685 4%
Applications for permit of final felling in montane forest 760 3 152 315%
Application for permit of felling for other purpose than forestry in montane forest. 32 49 52%
Applications for permit of final felling in valuable broad leaved forest 345 326 -6%
Application for permit of felling for other purpose than forestry in valuable broad leaved forest 17 32 92%
Total area notified and applied for 57 834 54 945  -5%
Total area notified and applied for excluding montane forest 57 042 51 744 -9%

Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission in productive forest land for final felling in mountain forest and valuable broad-leaved forest.

The survey is part of Official Statistics of Sweden.

All results are published in our statistical database.

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