Forest regeneration costs have dropped in 2016


Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2016 the average forest regeneration costs, depending on the forest land quality group1, varied between 551 and 600 euros per hectare (in 2015, these costs constituted 620–687 euros per hectare). The forest regeneration costs include expenditure on soil preparation, small sapling expenses and planting costs.

In 2016, the highest forest regeneration costs were recorded in the forests of the third forest land quality group (600.24 euros/ha), while the lowest – in the forests of the fourth forest land quality group (551.15 EUR/ha); these costs, compared to the year before, have declined by 12.6 % and 12.1 %, respectively.

Average costs of forest regeneration and tending by forest land quality group
(euros/ha, excluding VAT)

In 2016, forest tending costs in Latvia comprised 187–233 euros per hectare. The highest forest tending costs, which include agro-technical tending of forest and tending of young growths, were observed in the forests of the fourth forest land quality group – 232.91 euros/ha, which is an increase of 6.1 %, compared to 2015.

In 2016, the average harvesting costs (per one cubic meter of timber) in the final felling, within which the respective part of the forest is felled almost completely, constituted 16.14 euros, which is 2.4 % less than in 2015. In its turn, harvesting costs in the intermediate felling (thinning, reconstructive felling and sanitary clear felling), within which the respective part of the forest is fallen partly, decreased by 5.7 %, reaching 20.37 euros/m3.

The total harvesting costs in the final felling and intermediate felling consist of the labour costs, transportation costs and costs of the machinery used. Cutting within the intermediate felling is performed by sampling trees; therefore, the total harvesting costs in this felling type are higher, as compared to the final felling, where almost all trees are cut.

Harvesting costs (euros/m3, excluding VAT)

More information on the average forest regeneration, tending and harvesting costs is available in the CSB database section Forestry.


1The first forest land quality group includes poor pine forest on wet, pine forest on peat soil. The second forest land quality group includes pine forest, Callunosa mel., Callunosa turf.mel., Vaccinioso-sphagnosa, Myrtilloso-sphagnosa, Myrtilloso politrichosa, Caricoso-phragmitosa, fen, Filipendulosa. The third forest land quality group includes pine forest with spruce understorey, rich deciduous forest, Vacciniosa mel., Vacciniosa turf.mel.  Fourth forest land quality group includes Myrtilloso-sphagnosa, spruce forest, rich deciduous forest, Myrtillosa mel., Myrtillosa turf. Mel., Mercurialiosa met., Oxalidosa turf. mel. 




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Environment and Energy Statistics Section
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