Notified final felling area increases after slump in June
After a slump in notifications in June the forest owners’ engagement for final felling increased considerably in July. That is shown by monthly statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The area notified for final felling in July was the highest in 9 years. One reason for the increase could be higher activity in forest operations due to infestation of bark beetle which leads forest owners to notify for final felling to clear damaged forests despite it being the main summer holiday month.
The total area of notified final felling in the whole country amounted to 21 644 hectares in July, which is the highest note for July since 2010 and the next highest since 2006.
The area of notified final felling increased in the whole country except in the region South of Sweden which showed a marginal decrease (1 per cent). In the region North of Sweden the area notified for final felling increased by 9 per cent to 5 710 hectares. In the region South of Northern Sweden, the notified area increased by 7 per cent to 5 967 hectares and in the region Central Sweden it increased by 6 per cent to 5 206 hectares. That is the largest area notified for final felling in the region of Northern Sweden in 8 years and in 9 years for the regions South of Northern Sweden and Central Sweden.
At county level, the notified harvest area increased in 11 of 21 counties. In Södermanland County the notified area more than doubled to 770 hectares which is the highest note for the month in 13 years. Västerbotten County also noted the highest note for the month in 13 years (3 504 hectares). In Västmanland County the notified area doubled to 350 hectares. Notifications of final felling also increased considerably in Gotland County compared to July last year – from 18 hectares 2018 to 138 hectares 2019.
The total area of notified final felling in the whole country amounted to 23 191 hectares in June, which is a 19 per cent decrease compared to June last year and the lowest level in 8 years.
The largest decreases were in the regions South of Sweden (32 per cent) and South of Northern Sweden (30 per cent). In the region Northern Sweden, the area of notified final felling decreased by 18 per cent and in the region Central Sweden by 11 per cent. The reasons for the decrease could be both an adjustment to large areas notified for final felling earlier this year and to large volumes of timber stocked in the forest, at road side and at forest industries.
At the county level, the notified harvest area decreased in 19 of 21 counties compared to the corresponding month last year. In seven counties the area of notified final felling decreased with more than 30 per cent. The largest decreases were in Kalmar County by 46 per cent to 692 hectares, in Jönköping County by 44 per cent to 602 hectares and in Skåne County by 43 per cent to 344 hectares, which for these counties were the lowest notifications of final felling for the month in 8 years. In Uppsala County the notified area of final felling decreased by 41 per cent to 432 hectares. The area of notified final felling also notably decreased in Västernorrland County (34 per cent) to 1 790 hectares, which is the lowest recorded level for the month in 11 years.
Two counties, Södermanland and Gotland, have had a notable increase in the area of notified final felling (55 and 39 per cent respectively) compared to June 2018. The increase in Södermanland County could be judged to depend on large infestation of bark beetle which has followed the drought in 2018 and less rainfall so far in 2019.
Area of notified final felling so far 2019
Up to June this year 124 456 hectares have been reported for harvesting, which is 7 per cent more than the first six months of last year. So far in 2019, 146 094 hectares have been reported for harvesting, which is 7 per cent more than in the first seven months 2018.
Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission in productive forest land for final felling.
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