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Unchanged notified area nationally in 2022

Nyhet | Statistik - 15 March 2022

New statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency show that the area of notifications for final felling in normal forest so far in 2022 is unchanged compared with the same period 2021. The area of applications in montane forests however, decreased by 61 percent. In total the area notified and applied for has decreased by 4 percent, compared to February 2021.

During January to February this year, the Swedish Forest Agency received 9,641 notifications and applications for permit for final felling, on just over 33,200 hectares. This was 4 percent less than the same period last year.

The number of applications for permit for final felling of montane forests was 25 and covered just under 900 hectares of montane forest.

19 percent decrease in Götaland

So far this year, notified and applied area decreased by 19 percent in Götaland and by 12 percent in Southern Norrland, compared to February 2021. In Svealand and in Northern Norrland the area increased by 17 and 8 percent respectively.

Large differences at County level

At County level, the notified and applied area decreased in 14 of 21 counties. During January to February, the decrease was greatest in Halland and Gotland County, with 55 and 52 percent respectively, compared with the same period 2021. The decrease was also large in Kalmar, Skåne and Kronoberg counties, with 34 to 38 percent.

In four counties the notified and applied area increased by more than 26 percent. The increase was greatest in Uppsala County, with an 85 percent increase, compared with January to February 2021. In Södermanland, Västerbotten and Stockholm counties the area increased by 27, 30 and 43 percent respectively.

Table 1. Accumulated area of notifications and applications for final felling permits for the whole country, hectares

Notification and application January-February 2021 January-February 2022 Change
Notifications for final felling in normal forest 31 105 31 199 0%
Notifications for felling for other purposes than forestry in normal forest 1 082 946 -13%
Applications for permit of final felling in montane forest 2 244 876 -61%
Application for permit of felling for other purpose than forestry in montane forest. 35 12 -66%
Applications for permit of final felling in valuable broad leaved forest 283 184 -35%
Application for permit of felling for other purpose than forestry in valuable broad leaved forest 26 15 -42%
Total area notified and applied for 34 755 33 232 -4%
Total area notified and applied for excluding montane forest 32 495 32 344 -3%

Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission for final felling in productive forest land.

The survey is part of Official Statistics of Sweden.

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Notified areas of and applications for final felling

Monthly statistics in 2020-2022. The whole country.

Source: Swedish Forest Agency

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