Notifications for final felling back to normal levels for January

Nyhet | Statistik - 12 February 2020

The total area forest owners notified for final felling in January continues the last months general decline and was 27 per cent lower compared to the same period last year. The largest decline was in region Northern Sweden where it decreased by 40 per cent.

The total area notified for final felling for the whole country was 18 698 hectares in January and after last year’s initial high levels back to more normal figures, with a decline in all regions:

  • In region Northern Sweden the decrease was 40 per cent to 2 866 hectares, which is lower than average (3 300 hectares) during the period 2007 – 2020.
  • In region South of Northern Sweden the notified area decreased by only 2 per cent to 4 060 hectares compared to the same period 2019. This is however below the average 5 685 hectares for January during the period 2007 – 2020.
  • In region Central Sweden the decrease was 25 per cent to 5 561 hectares.
  • In region Southern Sweden notified area decreased by 33 per cent to 6 205 hectares.

The reason for the large difference in notified area for final felling between January this year and 2019 includes the fact that unusually large areas where notified due to storm felling by the storms Jan and Alfrida in Northern and Central Sweden respectively.

A decrease in 16 out of 21 counties

County Stockholm had the largest decline in notified area for final felling, decreasing by 78 per cent compared to 2019, to 259 hectares. In county Västerbotten the decrease was 51 per cent (1 634 hectares) compared to the same month 2019. In county Skåne notified area decreased by 49 per cent (384 hectares) compared to January 2019.In county Jönköping the decrease was 48 per cent and in county Kalmar 47 per cent.

Other counties with large decreases in notified area for final felling in January compared to the same month 2019 are county Halland (46 per cent), county Gotland (44 per cent), counties Uppsala and Kronoberg (both 40 per cent), county Örebro (32 per cent), and county Västra Götaland (26 per cent).

Two counties had large increases in notifications compared to the same month 2019. In county Västmanland the increase was 45 per cent to 476 hectares, which is significantly higher than the average 255 hectares (2007 – 2020). In county Södermanland the increase was 30 per cent to 833 hectares. That is the highest note for Södermanland in 14 years and well above the average of 393 hectares for the period 2007 – 2020. The reason for the increase in both counties is most likely the problems of forest damages caused by bark beetle.

Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission in productive forest land for final felling. A notification or application for final felling need not mean the forest has been felled.

The survey is part of Official Statistics of Sweden.

All results are published in our statistical database.