Biodiversity conservation in the managed Swedish forest landscape is based on leaving part of the forest standing at logging. The forest that is left standing ranges from a few trees, to groups of trees, and up to several hundreds of hectares of areas set aside from forestry.
All forest management planning starts with an assessment of conservation values in the area. The assessment identifies woodland key habitats and other areas of high conservation values, as well as areas of high cultural values. Bergvik Skog voluntarily protect areas with the highest conservation values and leave trees and forest areas that can form an older frame in the new forest. Bergvik Skog owns 2.3 million hectares in Sweden, on 25% there is no forest management. Roughly 16% of our productive forest land is voluntarily protected.
We also actively participate in projects focused on specific endangered species. The most comprehensive project is for the White-backed Woodpecker. In total, Bergvik Skog has set aside 10 000 hectares of productive forest to benefit the woodpecker and 200 other endangered species that are dependent on the same habitat, i.e. deciduous forest with a lot of dead and decaying wood.
Bergvik Skog also co-operate with the Swedish State and exchange land in order to protect more forest areas. In 2014, a large exchange was made, where we transferred 22,000 hectares of forest that is to become 130 new reserved areas owned by the state in eight different counties. We work to complete additional land exchanges with the State, we can thereby contribute to Sweden achieving its environmental goals Sustainable Forests and Thriving Wetlands.
* 1 hectares corresponds to a square of 100 times 100 meters.