Notified area of final felling decreased by 10 percent in 2019

Nyhet | Statistik - 12 February 2020

Forest owners reported 262,532 hectares for final felling in 2019. This was a decrease of 10 percent compared to 2018. In addition, they applied for permits for felling on 3,022 hectares of mountainous forest and on 1,461 hectares of valuable broad-leaved forest.

The reduction in the area reported for felling is partly due to large areas of forests being damaged by fire in 2018. Southern Norrland was the region most affected with a lot of notifications immediately after the fires, which is probably the reason why notifications decreased by as much as 22 percent in 2019.

In Northern Norrland and Götaland, the reported area decreased by 10 and 14 percent respectively. In Svealand, on the other hand, the reported area increased by 10 percent.

Infestation of bark beetle and storm felling affected notifications in 2019. The differences compared to 2018 were particularly noticeable at the beginning of the year. The storm Jan brought increased notifications in Västerbotten County, as did the storm Alfrida in the counties of Stockholm, Uppsala, Södermanland and Västmanland.

In total for the full year 2019, notifications decreased in 16 out of 21 counties. The five counties where notifications increased are all in Svealand. Never have there been such large areas notified as in 2019 in the counties of Södermanland and Uppsala.

The number of applications in 2019 was 64,686, which was 4 percent lower than in 2018.

Less interest in felling in mountainous forest

In 2019, the Swedish Forest Agency received applications for permits for final felling in mountainous forests on 3,022 hectares of productive forest land. This is a decrease of 11 percent compared to 2018.

Increased interest in felling in valuable broad-leaved forest

In 2019, the area of the application for permits for final felling of valuable-broad-leaved-forest increased by 22 percent to 1,461 hectares.

Felling for purposes other than wood production

In 2019, forest owners reported and applied for the felling of 6,632 hectares of productive forest land for purposes other than timber production. The majority of this area, 6,199 hectares, was in so-called normal forest (according to Section 14 of the Forestry Act), 292 hectares in mountainous forests and 142 hectares in valuable-broad-leaved-forest. Compared with last year, the reported area within ordinary forest decreased by 10 percent%. In mountainous forests, it increased by 25 percent and in hardwood forest it increased by 69 per cent.

The survey is part of the Official Statistics of Sweden.

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