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After summer forest fires in Sweden: record interest in notified area of final felling
11th December 2018

After summer forest fires in Sweden: record interest in notified area of final felling

In Sweden, the notified area of final felling increased by 18 percent and amounted to 34,369 hectares in November, compared to the same month last year, according to the latest monthly statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. It is the highest monthly recorded data for November since 2007 in the whole country.

The notified area of final felling increased in all regions. In the region North of Sweden increased by 22 percent to 7,825 hectares. This is the highest monthly recorded data for November in the region North of Sweden. Corresponding figures in the region South of Northern Sweden the notified area increased by 10 percent and amounted to 8, 920 hectares. The main reason for the increase was due to the forest fires of the summer, which is now reported in the statistics as the notified area of final felling.

The notified area of final felling in the region Central Sweden increased by 21 percent and amounted to 8,256 hectares and it is the highest monthly recorded data for November since 2007. In the region South of Sweden, the notified area of final increased by 19 percent and amounted to 9,368 hectares.

On county level, the notified area of final felling increased in 18 of 21 counties. The largest increase was in Stockholm County with a doubling of the area, in Gävleborg County by 54 percent and increased in Östergötland County by 45 percent.

There was a decline in notified area of final felling in Västernorrland County by 25 percent and in Kalmar County by 11 percent.

During the first eleven months of the year, ten percent more area has been reported compared with the same period last year.

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.

 

For more information: https://www.skogsstyrelsen.se/en/news/after-summer-forest-fires-record-interest-in-notified-area-of-final-felling/

 

[Source: Swedish Forest Agency]