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Continued increased interest in felling montane forest

Nyhet | Statistik - 15 June 2021

In May 2021 the area of notifications and applications for permits for final felling increased by 27 percent compared with May 2020, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The area of applications in montane forests was just over three times larger compared with May last year.

The total area of ​​applications and notifications in the first five months 2021 for the whole country amounted to 94,433 hectares. That is a 6 percent increase compared with the first five months 2020. Applications for final felling of montane forests amounted to 4,550 hectares, which is more than a fivefold increase compared with the first five months 2020.

If montane forests were excluded the total increased area applied for and notified for is only 1 percent larger than the corresponding period in 2020. See Table 1.

Large increase in Götaland

Notified and applied area in the first five months 2021 increased by 23 percent in Götaland and by 4 percent in Southern Norrland, compared with the first five months 2020. In Northern Norrland, the notified and applied area decreased by 6 percent and in Svealand by 4 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2020.

At county level, the notified area increased in 12 of 21 counties

During the first five months 2021, the increase was greatest in the county of Halland, by 62 percent. The increase was also large in the counties of Jämtland, Kalmar, Blekinge, Kronoberg, Stockholm and Jönköping, by 26-39 percent.  In Jämtland County the increase is due to the applications for final felling in montane forests. Montane forests excluded, the notifications decreased by 12 percent in Jämtland County, compared with the first five months 2020.

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

Notification and application January-May 2020 January-May 2021 Change
Notifications for final felling in normal forest 85 602 86 496 1%
Notifications for felling for other purposes than forestry in normal forest 2 355 2 756 17%
Applications for permit of final felling in montane forest 818 4 550 456%
Application for permit of felling for other purpose than forestry in montane forest. 54 67 25%
Applications for permit of final felling in valuable broad leaved forest 513 521 1%
Application for permit of felling for other purpose than forestry in valuable broad leaved forest 24 43 79%
Total area notified and applied for 89 366 94 433 6%
Total area notified and applied for excluding montane forest 88 494 89 816 1%

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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