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Forestry Being Negatively Affected



wood and frewood, which accounts for
Sussex Oak & Restoration Materials about 30 to 40 percent of low-altitude

harvested wood, has become essentially
worthless, fetching about one euro per
cubic metre for standing stem timber.
The volume of affected conifer trees
in northeast France is already much

higher than during the previous beetle
infestation in 2003-2007, from which the
forests took years to recover.
Bark beetles normally reproduce
twice a year but last year were able to
reproduce three times due to the hot, dry
weather. Freak storms that knock over
trees, which rot and become breeding
grounds for the bugs, have helped multiply

their numbers by several magnitudes.
Ernest Schilliger, manager of Schilliger
French forests scarred as bark Eike Wilmsmeier, Director of France’s saw mills on the French-German border,
beetle infestation National Forest Agency (ONF) for the said he was seeing nothing coming in
Long spells of hot, dry weather have region said that after a very dry 2018, but infected timber.
brought the worst bark beetle infestation 2019 looked set to be another diffcult “Transportation costs sometimes
in two decades to eastern France, ruining year, as the beetle infestation has spread outweigh the value of the timber,”

conifer forests and causing timber prices widely across eastern France. Schilliger said.
to plummet as forestry frms fell trees “We don’t know how far it will go, Besides, Industry specialists see a risk
before they are damaged, reported by we don’t know when it will stop,” Mr. of deforestation in the Grand Est region
REUTERS. Wilmsmeier said. as private forest owners fell healthy trees
Timber industry organisation Fibois High-quality softwood prices have to provide unaffected wood to sawmills,
Grand Est estimates that three to four fallen to 60 to 80 euros per cubic metre leaving thousands of hectares of land
million cubic metres of French public forests for standing stem timber, or timber that barren as many are reluctant to replant.
will be infected this year, equivalent to still needs to be cut, down around a third To prevent deforestation, the ONF—
half the annual supply of spruce wood. over the last 18 months as landowners which manages public forests—has

In 2018, 1.2 million cubic meters were food the market with infested trees as warned against cutting live wood and
infected, costing the industry nearly 80 well healthy ones before they are attacked. is only felling dead or infected trees on
million euros. Low-quality wood for paper pulp public land.
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