Having experienced a decline in forest area to as low as 3% at the end of the 18th century the forests of Denmark has recovered to the current 14.6% of the land area.
Today’s forests are under regulatory protection and are mostly managed as multiple-use forests where timber production is still the main output but where also hunting, conservation and recreation values are of high importance. For many years, introduced spruce tree species were the most favoured trees to plant within forestry and afforestation projects, but due to recurring storm damage in established plantations and due to a decline in their profitability it has now changed. The tree species distribution is changing again, this time in favour of indigenous broadleaved tree species with better resilience and wind resistance.
In the latest years biodiversity has been topic for discussion in Denmark and it is decided to designate forest areas with no active forest management for biodiversity protection.
0.625 million hectares = 14,6 %
3.6 million m3
The Danish Forest Association
The Danish Forest Association, founded in 1888, is the official organisation representing the interests of forest owners in Denmark. Major working fields are: Forestry related legislation, taxation, forest economics, timber trade, timber marketing, advice to owners and information to the public.. The Danish Forest Association publishes the leading Danish forestry journal « Skoven ».