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C24 Vestland

How can we take care of biodiversity in forest areas of complex owner structure and limited tradition of forestry?

General information on Vestland County forests.

Total forest area 553 000 ha productive forest
Main management types Clear-cut (> 90 %) and seed tree harvest
Total volume 150 m³/ha
Annual growth 3 m³/ha
Annual cutting rate 1.2 m³/ha
Deadwood 14 m³/ha
Ownership Private (approximately 85 %) and public
Climate 8 °C mean annual temperature, 1000–4000 mm mean annual precipitation – depending on location and landscape
Protected area 6 % of the Norwegian forest area