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Forestry costs in 2009

In 2009 average costs of forest regeneration comprised LVL 193 to 265 per ha, according to the forest land quality group, in accordance with the data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau Average costs of forest regeneration per hectare are influenced by the soil preparation, small sapling expenses and planting costs. In 2009 the highest soil preparation and planting costs were recorded in the forest land of 1st quality group*.

 Average costs of forest regeneration and thinning, LVL per ha

Forest thinning costs in Latvia on average comprised LVL 65 to 110 per ha. Forest thinning costs include agro-technical thinning of forest and thinning of forest composition. The highest forest thinning costs in 2009 were recorded in forests of the 4th quality* forest land.

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. Total value of the harvest costs in final felling and intermediate felling are formed by the labour costs, transportation costs, incl. costs of the machinery used. According to the data compiled by the CSB in 2009 total one cubic meter average harvest costs of in final felling constituted LVL 8.88, but in intermediate felling – LVL 15.19. Compared to 2006, 2007 and 2009 total harvest average costs in final felling in 2009 reduced by 4%, 23% and 30%, respectively.

 Harvesting costs, LVL per m3

Compared to 2006 and 2007 total average costs of intermediate felling in 2009 have grown by 32% and 25%, respectively, but in comparison with 2008 - the costs retained the same level.

*1st forest land quality group includes poor pine forest on wet, pine forest on peat soil.
2nd forest land quality group includes pine forest, Callunosa mel., Callunosa turf.mel., Vaccinioso-sphagnosa, Myrtilloso-sphagnosa, Myrtilloso politrichosa, Caricoso-phragmitosa, fen, Filipendulosa.
3rd forest land quality group includes pine forest with spruce understorey, rich deciduous forest, Vacciniosa mel., Vacciniosa turf.mel.
4th forest land quality group includes Myrtilloso-sphagnosa, spruce forest, rich deciduous forest, Myrtillosa mel., Myrtillosa turf. Mel., Mercurialiosa met., Oxalidosa turf. mel.


Prepared by Environment and Energy Statistics Section
Alda Jirgensone
Tel. 67366745

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