Swedish forestry and forest policy

J. O'Laughlin, M. G. Messina

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Forests cover 57% of the land area in Sweden; 26% of this is publicly owned, most being located in the less productive northern area and commonly managed by the National Forest Enterprise. Some 47% of the growing stock is of Norway spruce, 38% Scots pine; most of the remaining 15% hardwood component is birch. In S Sweden, softwoods are managed on 70- to 110-yr rotations. Northern sites have 80- 140-yr rotations. Clearfelling is common. Forest management is tightly regulated, eg a site must be replanted within 3 years. There is a high regard to environmental quality. Throughout this review comparisons are made with the US situation. -P.J.Jarvis

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forestry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Plant Science

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O'Laughlin, J., & Messina, M. G. (1988). Swedish forestry and forest policy. Journal of Forestry, 86(7), 17-22.