There are a lot of terms and concepts in the debate on forestry and nature conservation. Here are some of them:
High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) - Forest with the highest conservation values – in the Swedish FSC standard defined as key biotopes, as defined by the Swedish Forest Agency. SCA’s HCVF’s are voluntarily set aside from forestry in the company’s ecological landscape plans.
Värdetrakter – (High-value forest landscapes, HVFL) - A planning tool developed by the Swedish Environment Protection Agency, which includes the definition of an area wherein there are more than one nature reserve or HCVF. A large share of the HVFL is forest land with normal nature values and can be managed accordingly.
Continuity forests – Forests that are naturally regenerated and that have never been clear-cut. That is the case for most of SCA’s forests older than 60 years, i.e. practically SCA’s harvestable forests.
Old growth – A term sometimes used for old forests with high nature qualities, but there is no clear definition of the term.
Forest land – According to the FAO definition, land where at least 10 per cent of the land is shadowed by trees and that is not used for agriculture.
Productive forest land – Forest land where the average timber production over a rotation, the time between one regeneration and the next, amounts to more than one cubic metre of wood per annum and hectare.
Non-productive forest land – Forest land where the wood production is less than one cubic metre of wood per annum and hectare, as an average over a rotation.