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Germany saw a damaged wood accrual of around 27 million sm³ this year. Storm Friedericke threw 17.1 million sm³ and the dry summer caused another 10 million sm³ of damaged wood. With this, the damaged wood accrual in Germany makes for 50% of the country's cutting volume.
Czech Republic confirmed last week the accrual of 20 million sm³ of beetle-infested wood this year with an additional ~3.8 million sm³ due to storms early in the year.
Italy saw 13 million sm³ of damaged wood due to storm Vaia which roughly equals the cutting capacity of one year.
As for Austria, around 7 million sm³ of damaged wood are suspected half of which is due to beetle-infestation and storms.
|Beetle-infested wood and windthrow in 1,000 sm³|
|Beetle-infested wood||Wind-fallen wood||Damaged wood||Beetle-infested wood||Wind-fallen wood||Damaged wood||Cutting volume*||Damaged wood %|
|Germany||6,000||4,650||10,650||10,000||17,100||27,100||54,000||20%||50%||2018 storm Friederike claimed 17 million sm³; 10 million sm³ beetle-infested wood estimation|
|Czech Repulic||2,500||7,500||10,000||20,000||3,800||23,800||25,000||40%||95%||March storm; Beetle-infested wood 15 to 20 million sm³|
|Italy||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||13,000||13,000||13,000||–||100%||Vaia threw around 13 m. sm³|
|Austria||3,500||3,000||6,500||3,500||3,500||7,000||19,000||34%||37%||conservative estimate: This year's beetle-infested wood just like 2017; cutting volume +7% compared to 2017; windfallen wood (Carinthia 1 m. sm³) plus thunderthorms (300,000 sm³); plus 2.2 m. sm³ Vaia|
|Switzerland||320||50||370||400||1,500||1,900||4,700||8%||40%||Beetle-infestation 2018: upward trend, but no explosion|
|Total||12,320||15,200||27,520||33,900||38,900||72,800||115,700||24%||63%||+265% from 2017 to 2018|