Large attacks by bark beetle and storms increase the notified area of final felling
The notified area of final felling increased by 16 percent in March compared with the corresponding month in 2018. Therefore, the trend of increased notifications continues, according to the Swedish Forest Agency's statistics. It is the second highest monthly recorded data for the whole country in for March month in the last 12 years.
The total area of notified final felling in the whole country amounted to 18,103 hectares. The increase is partly due to the extensive attacks by bark beetle in large parts of South of Sweden and Central Sweden. Furthermore, storms Alfrida and Jan also affect where forest owners now make notifications to be able to take care of the forest that has been affected.
The notified area of final felling increased in all regions except for the region South of Northern Sweden where it decreased by 24 percent to 3,799 hectares. In the region North of Sweden, it was unchanged amounting to 2,429 hectares. In the region Central Sweden, the notified area of final felling increased by 74 percent and amounted to 5,266 hectares, which is the highest monthly recorded data for March since 2007. In the region South of Sweden, the increase was 29 percent and amounted to 6,608 hectares.
At county level, the notified area of final felling increased in 16 of 21 counties. The highest increase percentage was in Örebro County. In Stockholm, Kalmar and Värmland counties, the increase was more than a doubling of the notified final felling area. It is the highest monthly recorded data for March month since 2007 in all these four counties, but also in Uppsala and Västra Götaland County.
The increase in Stockholm, Uppsala, Södermanland and Västmanland counties probably due to the storm Alfrida. In Västerbotten County, the increase in the areas is partly due to the storm Jan.
In Jämtland County, the notified area of final felling decreased by 41 percent.
During the first quarter of 2019, 25 percent larger area of notified final felling compared with the same quarter last year.
Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission in productive forest land for final felling
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