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In December 2022 the area covered by notifications and applications for permits of final felling was down by 6 percent compared with December 2021, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The area covered by applications in montane forests was 84 percent smaller than December last year.
The total area covered by applications and notifications in December for the whole country amounted to 19,915 hectares, which was 6 percent less than in December 2021. Of this area, applications for permits for final felling of montane forest amounted to 347 hectares, which was 84 percent less than the same month last year.
In total, the area notified and applied for final felling in December decreased by 18 percent in Southern Norrland and in Svealand. In Götaland and in Northern Norrland however the notified and applied area increased by 15 and 5 percent respectively, compared with December last year.
Compared with the average area covered by notifications and applications for the whole country in December over the past five years, the decrease is 4 percent. Compared with the last ten years, the decrease is 6 percent.
In 2022, notifications and applications for permits for final felling has decreased by 15 percent compared with 2021. The area in applications for permits for final felling of montane forests has decreased by 55 percent in 2022.
In Götaland, the notified and applied area has decreased by 27 percent and in Northern Norrland by 22 percent. In Svealand and in Southern Norrland the area covered by notifications and applications has decreased by 10 and 7 percent respectively, compared with 2021.
Compared with the average area covered by notifications and applications for the whole country over the past five years, the decrease is 12 percent. Compared with the last ten years, the decrease is 11 percent.
The information in this newsletter is preliminary. On February 21, we will publish final figures on notifications and applications for the full year 2022.
The decreased area in notifications and applications for permits for final felling does not necessarily mean that the area of actual final felling has decreased to the same extent.
Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission on productive forest land for final felling in montane forest and valuable broad-leaved forest.
Monthly statistics in 2021-2023. The whole country.
Source: Swedish Forest Agency