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In January 2023, the area covered by notifications and applications for permits of final felling increased by 16 percent compared with January 2022, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The area covered by applications in montane forests was 49 percent larger than January last year.
The total area covered by applications and notifications in January for the whole country amounted to 18,702 hectares, which was 16 percent more than in January 2021. Of this area, applications for permits for final felling of montane forest amounted to 302 hectares, which was 49 percent more than the same month last year.
Compared with the average area covered by notifications and applications for the whole country in January over the past five years, however, it is a 4 percent decrease. Compared with the last ten years, the decrease is 5 percent.
In total, the area notified and applied for final felling in January increased by 24 percent in Götaland, by 23 percent in Southern Norrland and by 20 percent in Northern Norrland. In Svealand however the notified and applied area decreased by 1percent, compared with January last year.
The increased or decreased area in notifications and applications for permits for final felling does not necessarily mean that the area of actual final felling has increased or 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.