Södra estimates that damage to its members' estates by Storm Gorm amounts to 1-1.5 million forest cubic metres. The total damage in southern Götaland is an estimated 2-2.5 million forest cubic metres. One area in south-eastern Småland was particularly hard hit.
Södra has made an inventory of the damage to 114 reference properties spread across southern parts of Götaland that were hit by the storm.
On the basis of this inventory, the assessment is that storm damage to estates owned by Södra's members corresponds to 1-1.5 million forest cubic metres. Most of the damage has been found in mature harvest-ready forest, in the form of scattered windfalls, and in exposed sites, such as clear-cut edges. Storm damage has been found in southern parts of Götaland, particularly Halland, Skåne, Blekinge, Kronoberg and southern parts of Kalmar County. There is major variation between estates, with the worst damage recorded in areas around Tingsryd-Långasjö-Emmaboda-Påryd.
The damage is comparable with Storm Simone in October 2013, when 1.5-2 million forest cubic metres were felled in roughly the same area. The extent of the damage is considerably less than after Cyclone Gudrun in 2005, when 75 million forest cubic metres were felled in Götaland. However, the impact is great for some individual forest owners.
Inventory and safety
Södra requests that members acquire an overview of the damage to their own estates and contact their forest inspector. In the storm-affected area, there is significant risk of a spruce bark beetle infestation next summer. To protect the forest and safeguard the value of the wood, storm-felled wood should be cleared as soon as possible. Södra, with just over 50,000 owners and members who jointly own about half of the forest land in southern Sweden, is urging all forest owners to proceed very carefully when clearing their forest after the storm.
"Always put safety first! Try to engage professional assistance and equipment for major operations. Avoid doing the work yourself if you don't have the experience or know-how, and never work alone," says Håkan Larsson, President of the Södra Skog business area.
For questions, please contact:
Håkan Larsson, President of the Södra Skog business area,
tel: +46 705-894 510
Göran Örlander, Head of the Silviculture Department Södra Skog,
tel +46 (0)470-893 62