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The high interest for final felling in Gävleborg County continues

Statistik - 16 June 2020

The increase during spring in areas notified for final felling in Gävleborg County continued in May, although at a slower rate. However, most other counties present a decline.

The total area notified for final felling for the whole country was 16 767 hectares in May, which is 23 per cent less than the same month in 2019:

  • In region Northern Sweden the notified area decreased by 30 per cent to 3 432 hectares, which is the lowest note for May since 2013.
  • In region South of Northern Sweden the notified area decreased by 5 per cent to 5 872 hectares compared to the same period 2019, which is about average for May during the period 2007 – 2020.
  • In region Central Sweden the notified area declined by 21 per cent compared to May 2019, to 3 878 hectares. This is the lowers level since 2009 and lower than the average level (4 776 hectares) in May for the period 2007–2020.
  • In region Southern Sweden the notified area declined 38 per cent compared to May 2019 (3 585 hectares), which is the lowest level for the month since 2009.

Last year large areas were notified for final felling in the region Southern Sweden because of for example large damages of bark beetle, which could be one reason behind the decline in May compared to May 2019. Other causes could be an adaptation by forest owners to lower timber prices, and last year’s notification of beech forest due to a so-called acorn year.

A decline in 16 out of 21 counties

The notified area for final felling declined in 16 counties compared to May 2019. Blekinge and Stockholm counties had the largest declines by 67 and 62 per cent respectively.

The high levels of notified area in Gävleborg County this spring continued during May. The increase was 27 per cent to 2 145 hectares, which is the highest level in May in four years.

Table. Notification of final felling in May 2019 and 2020, hectares.
County May 2019 May 2020 Change
Blekinge                  325 108 -67%
Stockholms                  327 123 -62%
Kalmar              1 252 664 -47%
Kronobergs                  487 277 -43%
Västra Götalands              1 524 875 -43%
Norrbottens              3 052 1 767 -42%
Värmlands              1 628 955 -41%
Jönköpings                  659 433 -34%
Östergötlands                  665 449 -32%
Västmanlands                  495 344 -30%
Jämtlands              2 548 1 793 -30%
Södermanlands                  333 254 -24%
Skåne                  535 466 -13%
Hallands                  285 260 -9%
Västerbottens              1 820 1 665 -9%
Dalarnas              1 339 1 259 -6%
Västernorrlands              1 929 1 934 0%
Gotlands                    52 53 2%
Örebro                  449 518 15%
Uppsala                  341 424 24%
Gävleborgs              1 687 2 145 27%
The whole country            21 729 16 768 -23%


Area of notified final felling so far 2020

As of May 31st, 89 970 hectares have been notified for final felling, which is 11 per cent lower than in the first five months 2019.

Comment

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.

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