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Press release 14.06.2006

Increment of growing stock exceeds cutting potential in Finland

The estimate of maximum sustainable removal from Finnish forests in 2005–2014 is 66 million cubic metres of commercial wood per annum. The cutting potential is considerably lower than the current increment of growing stock. The results are based on the assessment of cutting possibilities concerning Southern and Northern Finland.carried out at the Finnish Forest Research Institute.

The maximum sustainable removal for Southern Finland was 53 and for Northern Finland 13 million cubic metres of commercial wood per year. The maximum sustainable removal is estimated to rise in the period 2015–2034 up to over 70 million cubic metres per annum. Over a thirty-year monitoring period, Scots pine accounts for 46, Norway spruce for 37, and deciduous trees for 17 percent of the maximum sustainable removal. Correspondingly, the proportion of thinnings is estimated at on average 38 percent and of peatlands 19 percent of the maximum sustainable removal. The share of saw timber in the estimate of maximum sustainable removal is around 31 million cubic metres per year. In accordance with the maximum sustainable removal, the volume of growing stock would increase by six million cubic metres a year over the next 30 years.

Loggings implemented over recent years have amounted to about 85 percent of the maximum sustainable removal. Executed cuttings have contained proportionally more Norway spruce than the maximum sustainable removal.

The estimates of cutting possibilities were compiled using the MELA system developed at the Finnish Forest Research Institute. The material was based on the sample plot and tree data from the 10th National Forest Inventory (NFI10) measured in 2004–2005. In the estimation, the nature conservation areas were set aside and other restrictions on cutting possibilities were taken into account. The NFI10 field work will be completed in 2008, so estimates of cutting possibilities will become more accurate in the next few years, as the field measurements progress.

The estimates presented are not forecasts of timber supply, nor of likely future outlook. In reality, timber buyers and forest owners decide on cuttings and forest management.

Publication: Nuutinen T. & Hirvelä, H. 2006. Hakkuumahdollisuudet Suomessa valtakunnan metsien 10. inventoinnin perusteella. Metsätieteen aikakauskirja 1B/2006: 223–237. (In Finnish)

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