General data about forestry, Slovenia, 2014
According to the Slovenian Forest Service, in 2014 forest covered 58.3% of Slovenia
The forest area in 2014 in Slovenia decreased compared to 2013 by 1,490 hectares to 1,181,943 hectares. Forest thus covered 58.3% of Slovenia’s territory.
In 2014 a decrease in forest area
According to the Slovenian Forest Service, in 2014 the forest area slightly decreased (by 1,490 hectares) to 1,181,943 hectares. Forest thus covered 58.3% of Slovenia.
Growing stock and annual increment in 2014 higher than in 2013
The growing stock in Slovenian forest increased by 1.1% to about 346,074,368 m3. The annual increment increased by 1.1% to about 8,582,261 m3.
In interpreting the data one has to take into account that due to methodological reasons the data on the growing stock and annual increment that are compared to the previous year’s removals do not indicate the real changes in the growing stock and annual increment in the previous year. They reflect ten-year changes in the growing stock of forest management units for which forest management plans were elaborated in 2014. These data thus indicate the trend in the growing stock and annual increment in forests in terms of moving averages with an average time lag of five years.
Removals in 2014 much higher than in 2013
In 2014 the removal in Slovenian forests was much higher than in the previous year, namely 6,349,736 m3 (62% more than in 2013): of this 3,463,295 m3 conifers (58% more than in 2013) and 2,886,440 m3 non-conifers (67% more than in 2013). The main reason for such an increase in the removals was the ice storm in February 2014. The recorded removal represented 103% of the allowable removal under forest management plans.
Chart 1: Removals, Slovenia
Table 1: Forest condition, Slovenia
Source: Slovenian Forest Service