Forest regeneration costs have increased in 2015


In 2012, the average forest regeneration costs, depending on the forest land quality group1, varied between 620 and 687 euros per hectare, according to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB). In 2014, these costs accounted for 558–662 euros per hectare. Forest regeneration costs include soil preparation costs and expenditure on growing and planting of seedlings.

In 2015, the highest forest regeneration costs were recorded in the forests of the third forest land quality group (687.23 euros/ha), while the lowest – in the forests of the first forest land quality group (620.08 EUR/ha); the costs, compared to the year before, have risen by 3.8 % and 11.9 %, respectively.

Average costs of forest regeneration and tending (euros/ha, excluding VAT)

In 2015, forest tending costs in Latvia comprised on average 193–220 euros per hectare. The highest forest tending costs (239.90 euros/ha), which include agro-technical tending of forest and tending of young growths, were observed in the forests of the fourth forest land quality group – a drop of 9.4 %, compared to 2014.

In 2015, the average harvesting costs (per one timber cubic meter) in the final felling, within which respective part of the forest is felled almost completely, stayed at the level recorded in 2014 (comprising 16.54 euros). In the intermediate felling (thinning, reconstructive felling and sanitary clear felling), within which respective part of the forest is felled partly, average harvesting costs grew by 3.9 %, reaching 21.60 euros per one cubic meter.

Total harvesting costs in 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 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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