In 2016, a total of 61.8 million cubic metres of roundwood was harvested for the use of the forest industries. The removals of logs increased by six and those of pulpwood, five per cent from the previous year.
The positive trend that continued in the forest industry in 2016 resulted in industrial roundwood felling hitting a new record high at 61.8 million cubic metres. The total volume of felling was 3.3 million cubic metres or six per cent higher than during the previous year and 17 per cent higher than the average for the previous 10 years.
Wood was also imported for industrial purposes. The volume of imported timber, 9.3 million cubic metres, was two per cent higher year-on-year.
The majority of roundwood sourced by standing sales from non-industrial private forests
Approximately four fifths of domestic wood for industrial purposes and export was sourced from non-industrial private forests, 51.1 million cubic metres in total. A total of 42.4 million cubic metres of timber, 11 per cent more than in 2015, accumulated from standing sales in non-industrial private forests, while the volume of delivery sales shrank by 13 per cent to less than nine million cubic metres.
The total volume of roundwood removed for the industrial sector from forestry companies’ own forests and state-owned forests amounted to 10.7 million cubic metres. The figure is three per cent higher than in the previous year.
Highest felling volumes in Savo and Central Finland
In 2016, the highest felling volumes were reported in the heavily forested regions of South and North Savo and Central Finland. The quantity of industrial roundwood felled in South Savo totalled 6.9 cubic metres, 6.0 in Central Finland and 5.9 in North Savo.
Logs accounted for 26.0 million cubic metres and pulpwood for 35.8 million cubic metres of the 2016 volume of industrial roundwood. The removals of logs increased by six and those of pulpwood, five per cent from the previous year.
In addition to industrial roundwood, slightly more than 5 million cubic metres of various types of energy wood were recorded in the felling statistics. Delimbed stems and whole trees accounted for 2.8 million cubic metres of the amount, while other energy wood types, i.e. stumps and logging residues, accounted for 2.3 million cubic metres in total.