Statistical activity code: 21001
Gross felling based on National Forest Inventory (NFI)
Gross felling based on felling documentation by county and type of forest land
Areas of new plantations by county
Reforestation by county
Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements (EHAK)
Categories of forest protection of the International Union for Conservation of Nature
Temperate and Boreal Forest Resource Assessment 2000 (forest categories and definitions). United Nations Economic Commission for Europe / Food and Agriculture Organization
Estonia – total
Average increment of the stock of stands per year – difference between the original and residual value of stands in a period, which shows the increment of the stock of stands in a year (based on increment calculation method of the forest survey guidelines).
Average stock of stands per hectare – volume of timber expressed in cubic metres per hectare.
Cleaning – a type of maintenance felling in forests where the average diameter at breast height is below 6 cm (i.e. young growth) in order to improve light and nutrition conditions of the dominant tree species and design the forest composition.
Commercial woodland (stands) – forest land that is not included in the category of strictly protected forests. It includes forests with partial commercial restrictions (for example water protection forests, protection zone of capercaillie, Natura 2000 areas).
Dominant tree species – the tree species with the greatest stem volume in the stand.
Forest land – habitat of woody vegetation with an area of at least 0.1 hectares where the height of woody plants is at least 1.3 metres and the canopy closure is at least 30%. It includes areas temporally forestless such as clear cut, windfall or burnt areas.
Maintenance felling – a silviculture technique to improve forest quality and/or forest sanitary conditions.
Regeneration felling – a type of felling in order to create conditions necessary for a new forest generation. As a general rule, regeneration felling is used in mature stands.
Stock of stands – volume of timber expressed in cubic metres from stump to tree top including bark and excluding the volume of branches.
Territory covered by forest (%) – the share of stands in the area of the territory.
Thinning – type of maintenance felling to alter the composition of the stand and to improve the growth and development conditions of the trees remaining after felling as well as the value of the stand and stem characteristics.
Forest resources in Estonia
Estonia as a whole
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Data are published under subject area “Economy / Forestry” in the Statistical Database at http://pub.stat.ee.
Data serve as input for statistical activities 10601“Material flow accounts”, 50101 “Regional development” and 50201 “Sustainable development indicators”.
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In compliance with the rules (regulations)
The data on gross felling based on felling documentation, new plantations and reforestation are published 210 days after the end of the reference year (T + 210), the data on gross felling based on national forest inventory are published 365 days after the end of the reference year (T + 365) and the data on forest seeds are published 720 days after the end of the reference year (T + 720).
The data have been published at the time announced in the release calendar.
The data are geographically comparable.
The data are comparable over time.
As there is no connection with other sectors, cross-sectoral coherence is difficult to assess.
The outputs of the statistical activity are coherent. Higher-level aggregations are derived from detailed data according to pre-defined procedures.
The data revision policy and notification of corrections are described in the dissemination policy of Statistics Estonia at http://www.stat.ee/dissemination-policy.
The revisions are made by the authorities in charge of the National Forest Inventory (NFI). If necessary, the data are updated in the Statistical Database once a year.
The following data are received from the Estonian Environment Agency: total felling area, total felling volume and felling volume per hectare by type of felling based on the statistical sampling method of forest inventory; planned felling area and felling volume by type of felling, legal form of land holder and county; reforestation by county, land category and method of reforestation; planting material used in forest planting by county and species of tree; number of young forest trees planted in nurseries and area of nurseries by species of tree and county.
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Data validation is the responsibility of the Estonian Environment Agency.
The data received from the Estonian Environment Agency are converted into statistical output. It includes calculating additional indicators.