Notified final felling area at the highest in 13 years
Monthly statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency shows that forest owners in the region Central Sweden notified 31 per cent more area for final felling in August than during the same month last year. In the rest of the country the notified area was a little lower than August last year.
Possible reasons for the sharp increase in region Central Sweden could be both that forest operations are back to normal after the main summer holiday season taking care of identified and notified forests damaged by bark beetles, and that the forest sector have strengthened their capacity to handle the ongoing problem with bark beetle infestation.
The total area of notified final felling in August for the whole country amounted to 28 126 hectares, which is the highest note for August since 2007. So far this year the area notified for final felling is 174 212 hectares which is 6 per cent more compared to the first eight months in 2018. Despite this there was a decrease in notified area in all regions except in the region Central Sweden in comparison to August 2018:
- In region Central Sweden the notified area increased by 31 per cent to 7 635 hectares which is the highest notification since 2007.
- In region North of Sweden there was a marginal decrease (1 per cent) in the area notified for final felling to 5 995 hectares compared to the same month in 2018.
- In region South of Northern Sweden, the decrease was 4 per cent to 7 351 hectares.
- In region South of Sweden, the decrease was 3 per cent to 7 137 hectares.
Increased notified area for final felling in 10 out of 21 counties.
In county Södermanland the notified area nearly tripled to 1 214 hectares, which is the highest not for the month in 13 years. Thus, this year’s the trend with high levels of notified areas continues. To date 5 630 hectares have been notified for final felling, which is higher than the annual levels (except for 2018) since 2007.
Also, counties Uppsala, Västmanland, Örebro, Östergötland and Kalmar have the highest notified harvest area in 13 years. The notified area doubled in both Örebro (1 005 hectares) and Västmanland (823 hectares) Counties compared to 2018. In Uppsala County the notified area increased by 49 per cent to 904 hectares and in Östergötland County by 41 per cent to 1 060 hectares.
In Skåne and Blekinge Counties the area notified for harvest decreases slightly in comparison with August last year. Still it is the second highest note since 2007. In Skåne County one reason could be the fact that this year is a so-called acorn year for the beechnuts. Many forest owners thus take the opportunity to harvest and regenerate their beech forests.
Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission in productive forest land for final felling.
The survey is part of Official Statistics of Sweden.
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