STOCKHOLM, June 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SCA has
published on its website a digital map of the company's forests
voluntarily set-aside for nature conservation. This is forests that
SCA has voluntarily exempted from forest management due to its high
conservation values. The areas include forests that are managed
with adapted methods to improve conditions for biodiversity and
also SCA's own conservation parks.
In total, more than 166,000 hectares, or 8% of SCA's productive
forest land, is completely exempt from forest management and a
further 59,000 hectares is managed with adapted methods with a
particular focus on creating the best possible conditions for the
forest's flora and fauna.
SCA owns 2,600,000 hectares of forest, an area almost the size
of Belgium. These forests are
inventoried to identify areas with high conservation values and to
ensure that areas important for forest biodiversity are protected.
Additional forest areas are managed to improve conditions for
sensitive animal and plant species. This may involve controlled
burning of forest areas or encouraging broad-leaved forest to
Special consideration is given to nature conservation even in
forests that are harvested for timber. Last year, 12% of the forest
in the harvested areas was left alone to provide living space for
all of the forest's flora and fauna.
"One in five trees are left to live and die a natural death to
provide life environments for all living things in the forest,"
says Jonas Mårtensson, President of the Forest business area. "This
map will make it easy for everyone to share in the diversity and
conservation values that are present in our forests.
In the digital map, forest age, the main tree species and the
most common type of ground vegetation are stipulated for areas that
SCA has exempted from forest management, as well as areas that are
managed with adapted methods.
SCA continuously conducts set-asides of new forest, which means
the map will be updated on an ongoing basis. Areas with lower
conservation values may be replaced by areas with higher
The map also highlights SCA's five conservation parks. These
areas consist of several thousand hectares with high nature
conservation and cultural values, where SCA conducts special
measures to maintain these values and to make them easily
accessible to visitors.
Link to map:
The core of SCA's business is the forest, Europe's largest private forest holding.
Around this unique resource, we have built a well-developed value
chain based on renewable raw material from our own and others'
We offer paper for packaging and print, pulp, wood products,
renewable energy, services for forest owners and efficient
In 2018, the forest products company SCA had approximately 4,000
employees and sales amounted to approximately SEK 18.8bn (EUR
SCA was founded in 1929 and has its headquarters in Sundsvall,
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