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Forest damages have diverse negative effects on forestry operations. Bark-beetle damages lead to a changed wood type accrual that complicates the marketing of timber. Furthermore, the great volumes cause a market saturation that is driving down prices. According to Land&Forst Betriebe (Land & Forestry Operations Austria), what further exacerbates the situation is that sawlog imports increased by 18% between 2017 and 2018, and 2019 only saw a slight decline of almost 5%. Read more ...