Pine forest.

Increase in notifications for final felling in 2021

Nyhet | Statistik - 22 February 2022

Notifications for final felling increased by 6 percent in 2021. The area in applications for permits for final felling of montane forest decreased by 9 percent to 13,220 hectares. Forest owners notified and applied for final felling over 289,072 hectares of forest which is an increase of 5 percent in comparison to 2020.

The decreased area in montane forests should only be seen in comparison with last year. Historically, however, the area applied for is high, which is judged to be an effect of the Land and Environmental Court's ruling in May 2020. The ruling shows that forest owners who have been denied a permit for felling are entitled to compensation from the state, corresponding to 125 percent of the forest's market value.

Notification of final felling (according to Section 14 of the Forestry Act)

In 2021, the Swedish Forest Agency received notifications for final felling according to Section 14 of the Forestry Act, on 267,823 hectares of productive forest land. This is an increase of 6 percent compared to 2020 and an increase in 14 of 21 counties.

The largest increase is in the counties of Jönköping, Gotland, Stockholm and Halland, by 27 to 55 percent. The largest decrease is in Gävleborg county, by 13 percent.

Permits for felling in valuable broad-leaved forest

In 2021, the area of the application for permits for final felling of valuable-broad- leaved-forest increased by 28 percent to 1204 hectares. This after the 2020 decrease by 36 percent.

Felling for purposes other than wood production

In 2021, forest owners notified and applied for felling of 6,825 hectares of productive forest land for purposes other than timber production. Of this, the majority, 6,639 hectares notified felling according to Section 14 of the Forestry Act, 99 hectares in montane forests and 87 hectares in valuable-broad-leaved-forest. Compared with last year, the notified area increased by 14 percent and the area applied for in valuable-broad-leaved-forest by 44 percent. In montane forests the area applied for decreased by 24 percent compared to 2020.

The survey is part of the Official Statistics of Sweden.

All results are published in Swedish Forest Agency's statistical database.

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