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In November 2022 the area covered by notifications and applications for permits of final felling was down by 10 percent compared with November 2021, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The area covered by applications in montane forests was 82 percent smaller than November last year.
The total area covered by applications and notifications in November for the whole country amounted to 25,696 hectares, which was 10 percent less than in November 2021. Of this area, applications for permits for final felling of montane forest amounted to 335 hectares, which was 82 percent less than the same month last year.
In total, the area notified and applied for final felling in November decreased by 15 percent in Northern Norrland and by 1 percent in Southern Norrland. In Svealand and in Götaland the area decreased by 12 and 11 percent respectively, compared with November last year.
Compared with the average area covered by notifications and applications for the whole country in November over the past five years, the decrease is 9 percent. Compared with the last ten years, the decrease is 10 percent.
For the period January to November, notifications, and applications for permits for final felling have decreased by 16 percent compared with the same period last year. The area in applications for permits for final felling of montane forests has decreased by 49 percent so far this year.
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 the first eleven months of the year 2021.
Compared with the average area covered by notifications and applications for the whole country the first eleven months of the year over the past five years, the decrease is 13 percent. Compared with the last ten years, the decrease is 11 percent.
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. Regarding the development of the actual final felling, the Swedish Forestry Agency published a forecast for this year's final felling on 27 September.
Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission on productive forest land for final felling in montane forest and valuable broad-leaved forest.