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Increase in area of forest notified for final felling

Nyhet | Statistik - 17 August 2021

In June and July, the Swedish Forest Agency received applications and notifications for final felling covering 21 and 11 percent greater area respectively, than last summer. In June, applications for final felling of montane forests were almost eight times larger than in June 2020.

21 percent increase in June

In June 2021, the area in notifications and applications for permits for final felling increased by 21 percent, compared with June 2020. In eleven counties, the increase was over 25 percent. In eight counties, the increase was more than 25 percent above the average for June over the past ten years. The area applied for final felling of montane forests in June 2021 was almost eight times larger than in June 2020.

11 percent increase in July

In July 2021, the area in notifications and applications for permits for final felling increased by 11 percent, compared with July 2020. In ten counties, the increase was over 25 percent. In six of these counties, the increase was more than 25 percent above the average for July over the past ten years. In July 2021, the area applied for final felling of montane forests was less than half of the area applied for in July 2020.

10 percent increase so far this year

The total area in applications and notifications during the first seven months of the year 2021, amounted to 147,840 hectares. This is 10 percent more compared with the first seven months of the year 2020. Applications for felling of montane forests during the same period amounted to 6,977 hectares, which is almost four times as large an area as the first seven months of 2020.

Continued large increase in Götaland

The area notified and applied for in the first seven months of 2021 increased by 28 percent in Götaland, by 9 percent in Northern Norrland and by 3 percent in Svealand, compared with the corresponding period in 2020. In Southern Norrland, area notified and applied for was unchanged, compared with the first seven months 2020.

At county level, the notified area increased in 14 of 21 counties

During the first seven months 2021, the increase was largest in Halland County, with 82 percent. The increases were also large in Kronoberg, Skåne, Blekinge, Jönköping, Kalmar and Stockholm counties, with 25 to 48 percent. In the counties of Västmanland and Södermanland, the difference in area was less than 1 percent compared with the first seven months of 2020.

Table 1. Area of notifications and applications for final felling permits for the whole country, hectares    

Notification and application January-July 2020 January-July 2021 Change
Notifications for final felling in normal forest 129 132 136 159 5%
Notifications for felling for other purposes than forestry in normal forest 3 163 3 858 22%
Applications for permit of final felling in montane forest 1 846 6 977 278%
Application for permit of felling for other purpose than forestry in montane forest. 58 80 38%
Applications for permit of final felling in valuable broad leaved forest 596 707 19%
Application for permit of felling for other purpose than forestry in valuable broad leaved forest 24 56 131%
Total area notified and applied for 134 819 147 837 10%
Total area notified and applied for excluding montane forest 132 915 140 780 6%

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.

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