VÄXJÖ, SWEDEN, Dec. 9, 2015 (Press Release) -Södra estimates that Storm Helga accounted for 200,000 m³sub of damage to its members' estates. This is considerably less than expected, given the wind speeds measured.to
Storm Helga swept in last weekend with fierce winds of up to 40 meters per second along the coast. Södra has taken an inventory of the storm damage on 55 reference estates, spread across the affected areas. The northern parts of Tranås, Åtvidaberg, Linköping and Skövde were hardest hit. Smaller windfall volumes were also identified in Billingsfors, Sollebrunn and Kinna. Spruce stands accounted for most of the storm-felled wood.
"Despite high wind speeds and sustained winds, the damage is considerably less than we first expected," says Håkan Larsson, President of the Södra Skog business area.
Inventory and safety
Södra requests that its members take stock of the damage to their estates as soon as possible, and contact their forestry inspector for swift contracting.
There is significant risk of a spruce bark beetle infestation next summer across the entire the storm-affected area. To protect the forest and safeguard the value of the wood, storm-felled wood should be cleared as soon as possible.
Södra, with just over 50,000 owners and members who jointly own about half of the forest land in southern Sweden, is urging all forest owners to proceed very carefully when clearing their forest after the storm.
"Always put safety first! Start by taking an inventory, and planning. Try to engage professional assistance and equipment for major operations. Avoid doing the work yourself if you don't have the experience or know-how, and never work alone," says Håkan Larsson, President of the Södra Skog business area.