Increasing growth in Norwegian forests
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Statistics on total growing stock and annual increment in Norwegian forests. The growing stock.

The National Forest Inventory2010-2014



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Increasing growth in Norwegian forests

According to calculations from the National Forest Inventory, the total growing stock in Norwegian forests is 929 million cubic metres. The stock is steadily increasing, and over the last ten years the volume has grown 26 per cent.

Growing stock and annual increment
1 000 cubic meterShareChange, per centChange, per cent
2013 - 20142005 - 2014
Growing stock
Total929 3931001.926.3
Spruce407 099442.622.9
Pine286 489311.318.5
Broad-leaved235 804251.645.0
Annual increment
Total25 9121001.20.9
Spruce13 821532.2-0.3
Pine6 115240.00.4
Broad-leaved5 975230.44.6

Out of the total growing stock, 831 million cubic metres belong to the productive forest area.

Increasing increment

The annual increment in total was 25.9 million cubic metres; the highest increment ever calculated.

In productive forest, the annual increment amounted to 23.9 million cubic metres; of which 18.8 million cubic metres is in conifer forest.

Spruce most common

Spruce is the most common species of tree, with 43 per cent of growing stock, followed by pine with 31 per cent and broad-leaved with 25 per cent.

Increased productive forest area

The productive forest area is estimated at 83 337 square kilometres, or one quarter of the Norwegian land area. Protected or other closed-off areas of productive forest are not included. The total area of unproductive forest and other forest land was 56 000 square kilometres.