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Decreased activity in notification of final felling area in September

Statistik - 15 October 2019

Monthly statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency shows an overall decrease in notified area for final felling in September compared to the same month 2018 – in region South of Northern Sweden 41 per cent. The reason behind the decrease are the vast areas notified after the extensive forest fires last year. In region Central Sweden forest owners continues the high level of forest operations with an increase of 6 per cent of notified areas compared to September last year.

A reason for the continuing high activity in region Central Sweden is the problem with forest damage by bark beetle.

The large decrease in area notified for final felling in the region South of Northern Sweden originates from counties Jämtland and Gävleborg, where vast areas were notified 2018 due to extensive forest fires that year. The level for September this year is basically the same as the average level for the period of 2007 to 2019.

Despite the decrease in September the annual rate continues to increase. So far 202 510 hectares have been notified, which is 13 per cent more compared to the first nine months last year.

The fluctuations in area notified for final felling varies considerably across the country:

  • In region Northern Sweden the notified area increased by 7 per cent to 6 331 hectares.
  • In region South of Northern Sweden there was a considerable decrease of 41per cent to 7 934 hectares compared to the same month 2018. Despite being a large decrease, it is still in line with the average level of 7 735 hectares for the period 2007-2019.
  • In region Central Sweden the notified area increased by 6 per cent to 7 234 hectares, which is the highest note in five years.
  • In region South of Sweden, the decrease was 21 per cent to 60799 hectares, which could be compared to an average of 7 175 hectares for September during the period 2007-2019.

A decrease in 12 out of 21 counties

County Halland has the largest decrease. The area notified for final felling decreases by 64 per cent to 179 hectares, which is the lowest note in 11 years for September. Another county with a large decrease is Gävleborg County with 59 per cent. However, the notified area for September is still in line with the average level for the last 13 years. The reason for the large decrease in the county lies in last year’s extensive forest fires, which led to large areas being notified for felling. It is the same reason behind the large decrease in Jämtland County (46 per cent). In county Blekinge the decrease was 53 per cent compared the same month last year. That is the lowest note in 7 years. County Västra Götaland also notes a large decrease for September, from 2 169 hectares 2018 to 1 488 hectares, which is a decrease by 31 per cent.

Other counties which have a significant decrease in area notified for felling for September compared to the same month 2018 are counties Jönköping (40 per cent) and Gotland (33 per cent).

Two counties show a significant increase in notified area. In county Södermanland the increase in September was 92 per cent to 880 hectares compared to the same period last year, which is double the average note for the period 2007-2019 and the highest note in 13 years. The county continuous an increased high annual rate for the year. So far 6 510 hectares have been notified, which is more than what has been notified annually since 2007. County Uppsala presents the highest note in 13 years with an increase by 63 per cent to 968 hectares, which is 57 per cent higher than the average note for the period 2007-2019. The reason in both counties is most likely the serious problems of forest damages caused by bark beetle.

Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission in productive forest land for final felling.

The survey is part of Official Statistics of Sweden

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