Finland's December industrial roundwood removal down 14% year-over-year, removal volume for entire year down 9% from five-year average; sawlog removals down 6%, pulpwood removals down 11%, private forest removals down 16% and state-owned forests down 7%

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February 8, 2024 (press release) –

In December, a total of 4.9 million cubic metres of roundwood was harvested for industrial use. Compared to previous year's December, the removal volume was 14% lower. In January-December, a total of 58.6 million cubic metres of industrial wood was harvested. This removal volume was down 9% from the five-year average.

  • Sawlogs accounted for 2.1 million m³ and pulpwood for 2.8 million m³ of the industrial roundwood removals.
  • Industrial roundwood removals from non-industrial private forests were 3.9 million cubic metres, down by 16% from the previous year.
  • The removal volume in forest industry companies’ forests and state-owned forests was 1.0 million cubic metres, down by 7% from the previous year.
  • Energywood removals totalled 339,000 cubic metres, with delimbed stems and whole trees comprising 74% of this amount.  
  • In January-December, 58.6 million cubic metres of roundwood were harvested for use by the forest industries. This removal volume was down 8% from the previous year and down 9% from the five-year average.
  • Log removals were 26.0 and pulpwood 32.6 million cubic metres. Compared with the average in the previous five years, sawlog removals were 6% and pulpwood removals 11% lower.
  • A total of 5.5 million cubic metres of energy wood were harvested. 

Commercial fellings 2023 (provisional)

Felling volumes (m3) and change (%) of commercial fellings by roundwood assortment, January-December 2023 

  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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