Decrease in area of forest notified for final felling in February
In February 2021 the area of notifications and applications for permit of final felling was down by 9 percent compared with February 2020, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The area of applications in montane forests was three times larger compared to February last year.
The total area of applications and notifications in February for the whole country amounted to 16,748 hectares. Applications for final felling of montane forests amounted to 517 hectares.
Large increase in Northern Norrland
Notified area in February 2021 decreased by 37 percent in Svealand and by 11 percent in Southern Norrland, compared with February 2020. In Northern Norrland, the notified area increased by 47 percent and in Götaland by 4 percent.
At county level, the notified area decreased in 13 of 21 counties
During February, the decrease was greatest in Uppsala County and Gotland County, -55 and -53 percent, respectively, compared with February 2020. Also in Värmland, Örebro, Västmanland, Dalarna and Gävleborg counties, the decreases were large, with 31 to 49 percent decreases.
In Kronoberg and Norrbotten counties, however, notified and applied area increased significantly, by 78 and 77 per cent, respectively, in February 2021 compared with February 2020. Also in Kalmar county, interest in felling is large compared with February 2020, with an increase of 29 per cent.
Notifications and applications for final felling are still high in Halland County and Jämtland County, with increases of 110 and 60 per cent, respectively, in February 2021 compared with February 2020. Also in Skåne County, interest in final felling is large compared with February 2020, with an increase of 67 percent.
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.