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September 21, 2020

Bark beetles are ruining Swedish forests at a record pace

Bark beetles are ruining Swedish forests at a record pace
The spruce bark beetle has already done as much damage to Sweden’s forests so far this year as in all of 2019, when the beetles damaged record amounts of wood in the largest Nordic economy.  According to the Swedish Forest Agency, the beetles have destroyed almost 7 million cubic meters of wood in the south and middle of Sweden, matching last year’s extreme. In 2018, the beetles destroyed about 3-4 million cubic meters of timber.  “This first assessment of this year's damage shows that we still have very big problems with spruce ...

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