Sweden: Notified area of final felling increased sharply after the forest fires of the summer
The notified area of final felling in September increased by 78 percent in region South of Northern Sweden (Södra Norrland), compared to the same month last year, according to latest monthly statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency . The main reason for the increase is the forests in fire-damaged areas of the summer are now notified area of final felling in September.
In the whole country, the notified area of final increased by 22 percent and amounted to 35,815 hectares in September. It is the second highest monthly recorded data since 2007. The area from the fire-damaged areas covers 5 251 hectares. The increase accounts for 4 percent if the forest fire damaged area is deducted from the total notified area of final felling.
In regions Central Sweden (Svealand) and South of Sweden (Götaland), the notified area of final felling increased by 9 and 16 percent respectively. However, it fell by 18 percent in region Northern Sweden (Norra Norrland)
On county level, the notified area of final felling increased in 16 of 21 counties. The largest increase was in Gävleborg County by 152 percent, in Jämtland County by 85 percent and in Blekinge County by 65 percent. There was a decline in notified area of final felling in Västerbotten County by 20 percent and in Norrbotten County by 15 percent.
The notified area of final felling in Gävleborg County consisted of 60 percent area forests in fire damaged areas in September. The corresponding figure for Jämtland County was 56 percent.
During the first nine months of the year, nine percent of the notified area of final felling has been reported more 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.
[Source: Swedish Forest Agency]