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In October 2022 the area covered by notifications and applications for permits of final felling was down by 4 percent compared with October 2021, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The area covered by applications in montane forests was 10 percent smaller than October last year.
The total area covered by applications and notifications in October for the whole country amounted to 27,649 hectares, which was 4 percent less than in October 2021. Of this area, applications for permits for final felling of montane forest amounted to 931 hectares, which was 10 percent less than the same month last year.
In total, the area notified and applied for final felling in October decreased by 12 percent in Northern Norrland, by 11 percent in Götaland and by 3 percent in Svealand, compared with October last year. In Southern Norrland, on the other hand, there was an increase by 10 percent.
Compared with the average area covered by notifications and applications for the whole country in October over the past five years, the decrease is 7 percent. Also compared with the last ten years, the decrease is 7 percent.
For the period January to October, notifications, and applications for permits for final felling have decreased by 19 percent compared with the same period last year. The area in applications for permits for final felling of montane forests has decreased by 42 percent so far this year.
In Götaland, the notified and applied area has decreased by 28 percent and in Northern Norrland by 23 percent. In Svealand and in Southern Norrland the area covered by notifications and applications has decreased by 9 and 8 percent respectively, compared with the first ten months of the year 2021.
Compared with the average area covered by notifications and applications for the whole country the first nine months of the year over the past five years, the decrease is 13 percent. Compared with the last ten years, the decrease is 11 percent.
The decreased area in notifications and applications for permits for final felling does not necessarily mean that the area of actual final felling is decreased to the same extent. Regarding the development of the actual final felling, the Swedish Forestry Agency published a forecast for this year's final felling on 27 September. Link to the forecast below.
Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission on productive forest land for final felling in montane forest and valuable broad-leaved forest.