According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) in 2008 costs of reforestation depending on the group of forest land quality constituted LVL 73 to 139 per ha. They are influenced by expenses on preparation of soil, plants and planting. The largest expenses of soil preparation and planting in 2008 were in the 3rd quality group forest land (pine forest with spruce understorey, rich deciduous forest, Vacciniosa mel., Vacciniosa turf.mel.).
Costs of reforestation and thinning, LVL per ha
Forest thinning costs in Latvia, depending on the group of forest land quality, constituted LVL 65 to 72 per ha. Forest thinning costs include agro-technical thinning of forest and thinning of forest composition. Major forest thinning costs in 2008 were in the 2nd quality group forest land (pine forest, Callunosa mel., Callunosa turf.mel., Vaccinioso-sphagnosa, Myrtilloso-sphagnosa, Myrtilloso politrichosa, Caricoso-phragmitosa, fen, Filipendulosa).
Harvest costs include final felling, where part of the forest is felled completely, and intermediate felling (thinning, conversion cutting, sanitary cutting), where felling is made partly. Each of the felling includes wood preparation, transportation to road and transportation to purchase place. According to data compiled by the CSB in 2008 average timber costs of one cubic meter in final felling constituted LVL 4.22, but in intermediate felling – LVL 5.02. Compared to 2006 and 2007, in 2008 in final felling average costs of wood preparation have grown by 31% and 5%, respectively, of wood transportation from cutting site to road – by 30% and 5%, of wood transportation to purchase place – by 48% and 17%.
Harvesting costs, LVL per m3
Compared to 2006 and 2007 in 2008 average costs of wood preparation in intermediate felling have grown by 27% and 23%, respectively, of wood transportation from cutting site to road – by 22% and 18%, and of wood transportation to purchase place – by 44% and 31%.
Prepared by Environment and Energy Statistics Section