Indicator forest and wood

Wood harvest by timber assortment

The level of the wood harvest depends on the investment and profits. The costs can be influenced by the forest owners (rationalisation of forest management), however they cannot influence profit levels: wood prices are largely determined by the international markets. They are also influenced by natural disasters, e.g. storms. The volume of wood harvested is largely predetermined by the utilisation plans and is monitored by the cantonal forestry services.

Assessment of the state
poor poor
Assessment of the trend
negative negative
Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2013: 1809 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2013: 487 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2013: 2471 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2012: 1673 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2012: 503 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2012: 2468 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2011: 1698 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2011: 533 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2011: 2826 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2010: 1640 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2010: 526 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2010: 2944 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2009: 1548 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2009: 468 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2009: 2846 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2008: 1391 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2008: 609 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2008: 3242 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2007: 1329 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2007: 689 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2007: 3648 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2006: 1417 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2006: 634 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2006: 3630 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2005: 1251 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2005: 584 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2005: 3421 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2004: 1147 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2004: 561 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2004: 3425 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2003: 1107 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2003: 513 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2003: 3501 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2002: 991 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2002: 520 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2002: 3046 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2001: 1122 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2001: 619 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2001: 3920 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 2000: 1626 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 2000: 811 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 2000: 6801 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1999: 981 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1999: 462 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1999: 3294 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1998: 1000 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1998: 460 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1998: 3386 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1997: 940 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1997: 454 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1997: 2990 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1996: 853 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1996: 478 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1996: 2663 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1995: 833 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1995: 542 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1995: 3304 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1994: 858 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1994: 518 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1994: 3234 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1993: 836 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1993: 594 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1993: 2908 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1992: 845 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1992: 721 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1992: 2917 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1991: 786 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1991: 764 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1991: 2987 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1990: 879 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1990: 895 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1990: 4488 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1989: 813 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1989: 842 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1989: 2887 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1988: 893 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1988: 809 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1988: 2793 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1987: 884 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1987: 763 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1987: 2923 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1986: 894 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1986: 758 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1986: 2976 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (fuelwood) 1985: 840 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (industrial wood) 1985: 666 Raw wood in 1000 m3 (roundwood) 1985: 2610

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: Federal Office for the Environment
Comment

From the mid-1980s to 1999 the annual wood harvest in Switzerland fluctuated around 4.5 million m3. Cyclone Lothar caused a sudden increase in the wood supply in the year 2000. This increase was followed by an equally rapid decline. Higher harvesting levels have been recorded since 2003 due to a variety of influences, such as drought and Bark Beetle and the increase in the demand for wood since 2005.

Roundwood and fuelwood have experienced different developments since 2007. Whereas the harvesting of fuelwood increased steadily, there was a considerable decline in that of stemwood. The values for industrial wood have remained more or less constant.

Wood has gained again in significance as a raw material and energy source. This is an entirely positive development. The increased use of native wood has a positive influence on Switzerland's CO2 balance.

Method

Annual survey by the cantonal forestry services. The survey is carried out directly at operational level in forestry operations with 50 or more ha of forest area. In the smaller forestry operations and private forests, it is carried out at forest district level.

 
Last updated on: 30.04.2015

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