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Decline in notifications for final felling stopped in February

Statistik - 10 March 2020

The trend since last fall of declining levels of areas notified for final felling stopped in February. The level of areas notified is the same as in February last year. There is, however, a large variation between different parts of Sweden where the region of Central Sweden showed the highest note in 14 years.

The trend since last fall of declining levels of areas notified for final felling stopped in February. The level of areas notified is the same as in February last year. There is, however, a large variation between different parts of Sweden where the region of Central Sweden showed the highest note in 14 years.

The total area notified for final felling for the whole country was 18 501 hectares in February, which is the same level as in 2019. There is, however, a large variation between different parts of the country:

  • In region Northern Sweden the notified area decreased by 50 per cent to 1 800 hectares, which is lower than average (2 640 hectares) for February during the period 2007 – 2020.
  • In region South of Northern Sweden the notified area increased by 15 per cent to 3 924 hectares compared to the same period 2019, which is close to the average of 4 040 hectares for February during the period 2007 – 2020.
  • In region Central Sweden the notified area increased by 26 per cent compared to February 2019 to 6 466 hectares. This is significantly above average (3 333 hectares) for the period 2007 – 2020 and the highest note in 14 years.
  • In region Southern Sweden the notified area was 6 295 hectares, which is approximately the same level as 2019.


The large decrease in notified area for final felling in February this year compared to the same month 2019 in region Northern Sweden is likely due to the unusually large areas notified last year after storm fellings by the storm Jan. Due to the storm Alfrida it was same situation in region Central Sweden in February 2019 and the high notes of notified areas remains in February 2020 as well. 

An increase in 13 out of 21 counties

County Värmland had the largest increase (63 per cent to 1 702 hectares) in notified area for final felling in February, which is the highest note in 14 years and twice as much as the average for the period 2007 – 2020. Counties Gävleborg, with an increase of 60 per cent to 1 336 hectares, and Dalarna, with an increase of 59 per cent to 1 185 hectares, also noted the highest levels in 14 years.

Other counties which noted large increases in notified area for final felling in February was county Östergötland (43 per cent), county Västmanland (42 per cent) and county Uppsala (37 per cent). These levels too were highest in 14 years. For counties Västmanland and Uppsala respectively it was also more than doubled the average notified area of final felling for February for the period 2007 – 2020. A probable reason for the high note in county Västmanland is continuing problems with forest damages caused by bark beetle.

Nine counties noted lower levels of areas notified for final felling compared to February 2019. County Västerbotten had the largest decrease by 54 per cent to 1 060 hectares compared to 2019. In county Stockholm the decrease was 51 per cent (425 hectares) compared to the same month last year. In county Kronoberg the notified area decreased by 47 per cent (407 hectares) compared to February 2019 and in county Norrbotten it decreased by 45 per cent.

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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