Finland: Highest industrial roundwood removals in 2023 recorded in Northern Savonia at 6.9 million m3 and North Karelia at 6.8 million m3; highest energywood removals recorded in Pirkanmaa at 0.7 million m3 and Uusimaa at 0.5 million m3

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February 8, 2024 (press release) –

According to the preliminary data, a total of 58,6 million cubic metres of roundwood were harvested for use by the forest industries in 2023. Removals decreasing by 5.4 million cubic metres from last year and being nine per cent below the average level of the previous five years. Spruce log removals dropped by 14 per cent, while pine log removals decreased only by three per cent.

  • The majority (80%) of roundwood removals came from non-industrial private forests, totalling 46.6 million cubic metres of industrial roundwood, showing a decrease of 11% from the previous year.
  • Roundwood removals from forests owned by the state and forest industry companies increased by 3% from the previous year to 12.0 million cubic metres.
  • Log removals were 26.0 million and pulpwood removals 32.6 million cubic metres.
  • Of the wood species, pine was harvested most for industrial use, 27.1 million cubic metres. Spruce removals were 22.4, and birch removals 9.0 million cubic metres.
  • Energywood removals totalled 5.5 million cubic metres, being 21% less than in the year before. Of energy wood removals, with delimbed stems and whole trees comprising 59% of this amount.

Regional information

  • This was the first time preliminary data on removals were published by region.
  • Industrial roundwood removals remained unchanged in the regions of Lapland, Kainuu and Central Ostrobothnia. In eight regions, removals fell by more than ten per cent. 
  • In different regions, the highest industrial roundwood removals were recorded in Northern Savonia (6.9 million m3) and North Karelia (6.8 million m3).
  • In different regions, the highest energywood removals were recorded in Pirkanmaa (0.7 million m3) and Uusimaa (0.5 million m3

The total volume of roundwood removals

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 Felling volumes (m3) and change (%) of commercial fellings by roundwood assortment 2023* 

*Preliminary

  Felling volumes  Compared to the previous year Compared to the average of the previous five year
  1 000 m3 % %
Industrial roundwood total  58 570  -8 -9
Logs total 25 975  -9 -6
Pine logs 11 982  -3 0
Spruce logs 12 942  -14 -11
Hardwood logs 1 051   -9 -5
Pulpwood total 32 596  -8 -11
Pine pulpwood 15 140  -6 -10
Spruce pulpwood 9 475   -8 -8
Hardwood pulpwood 7 980   -12 -15
Energywood total 5 473   -21 -7

 

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