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Our forest

We manage our forest on a long-term basis with the ambition to integrate productive forestry management with effective nature conservation that preserves biological diversity. The aim of our forest management is to have as much timber, biodiversity and nature experiences in our forests in the future as we have today.

SCA owns 2.6 million hectares forests in northern Sweden. We have a long tradition of managing the forest and supply our industries with valuable and renewable raw material. With a long-lasting and effective value chain in world class, we use the whole tree and refine the forest into sustainable solutions and products to people all over the world.

Centipede

SCA and seven other Swedish forest companies as well as the forest machinery manufacturer Komatsu Forest, have jointly developed a new forest machine for low-impact forestry. The concept machine, called Centipede - has with its innovative technology three important benefits: Lower soil compaction, increased productivity and better work environment. The machine is built to reduce the risk of ground damage, to increase transport speed and to reduce whole-body vibrations for the operator. 

Read more about the Centipede
A concept machine for a sustainable forestry

Forest in figures 2021

Forest holdings 2.6 million hectares
Productive forest land 2.0 million hectares
Forest volume 36% spruce
40% pine
15% deciduous
9% Pinus Contorta
Annual harvest volume SCA's own forests 4.3 million cu.m 
Annual harvest volume from private forest owners 3 million cu.m 
Annual harvest SCA´s own forest 20,000 hectares
Thinning SCA’s own forest 12,000 hectares
Silviculture acreage 69, 620 hectares
Seedlings deliveries from SCA 112 millions

News from SCA' s forests

News from SCA' s forests

SCA tests alternative harvesting method

From above, the site in Tjäderberget Conserva

tion Park looks like a large chess board with forested patches alternated with small harvested areas. SCA has tested a variation of group selection harvesting here with the aim of retaining the feeling of a forest after harvesting and avoiding large treeless areas.
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Swedish forest industry develops tomorrow’s sustainable forest machine

A new type of forest machine is currently

driving around the forests of Sweden. It combines a low-impact approach, increased productivity and an improved operator environment and is the result of a major cooperative project that has been under way since 2019. The concept machine is called Centipede and it has been developed by SCA, seven other Swedish forestry companies and the forest machinery manufacturer Komatsu. The machine is currently being test driven and the results are promising.
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Continued focus on safety for SCA’s timber truck drivers

SCA Forest’s major training initiative to

promote safer transport of timber could restart during the winter, following a break due to the pandemic. The focus this time is entirely on the truck drivers’ work environment outside the timber truck’s cab.
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SCA's forest in the Baltics

SCA has  acquired around 60.000 hectares land assets in the Baltics, with over 50.000 hectares of forest land.

The acquisition in Latvia consist of around 38.000 hectares. Our holdings are mainly located on the Northern/North-Eastern region of Latvia. The standing timber volume amounts to 3.7 million cubic metres. The assets consist mainly of self-rejuvenated forests. This means there are more deciduous than we normally have in our Swedish forests, but there are also great spruce stands. 

The acquisition in Estonia consist of a total of 10,300  hectares  located on the two islands Hiiumaa and Saaremaa. The forest assets consist of 8,800 hectares of this land is forest land with a standing volume of 1,300,000 cubic metres. The forest consist mainly of pine, but also some birch.

The acquisition in Lithuania, made in April 2022, consist of over 5,100 hectares of land, mostly forest land with pine. The approximately 1,000 properties are spread across Lithuania, with a concentration in the country’s southeast regions and relatively close to the capital of Vilnius.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Our raw material

SCA’s production facilities used 9.6 million cubic meters of wood raw material in 2018. Almost all of the raw material flow (more than 93%) was from Sweden. The remaining raw material was from Finland, Norway and the Baltic States (6%), and from Poland, Scotland and Spain (1%).

The main part consist of:
Spruce (Picea abies) 
Pine (Pinus sylvestris) 

A minor part consist of:
Alder (Alnus spp.)
Aspen (Populus tremula)   
Birch (Betula spp.) 
Contorta pine (Pinus contorta)
Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)                   
Monterey pine (Pinus radiate)                   
Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis)               

   

Our environmental work

Learn more about how we work with nature consideration in the forest, certified forestry, ecological landscape planning and more. In our map you can see SCA’s entire land holdings in Sweden, including forest voluntarily set aside - and discover your own forest gems.

Responsible forestry Discovering the gems in our forests

Responsible forestry
Our environmental work
Our environmental work

Well-managed forests burn less often than old-growth forests

Today's forests do not burn as often. That is because we fight the fires effectively and the forest structure and care makes it not as inflammable.

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Forest fires

Welcome to our forest

Everyone is welcome to our forests. Come and hike, pick berries and mushrooms or simply enjoy the calm atmosphere of the forest. Feel free to visit one of our five conservation parks.

Welcome to our forest