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Wood prices in the Czech Republic are at the highest in two decades due to high demand. Prices have been rising since last spring. This may have been affected by the disruption of timber imports to Europe from Belarus and Russia, and the feeling that commodities in general will become scarce.

Czech foresters are also reporting rising costs, seedlings are expensive and not enough. Forest owners want an amendment to the hunting law, also so that young trees do not harm the trees so much.

Wood prices in the Czech Republic have been rising since last spring. Now they are rising even faster, said the chairman of the Association of Owners of Private, Municipal and Church Forests in the Czech Republic Jiří Svoboda at a recent conference.

The price of spruce sawlogs in the highest quality is now around CZK 3,300 per cubic meter (EUR 133.86/m3) at the collection point. “Which is a price that hasn’t been here for a long time,” he said. At the same time, he noted that everyone probably knew that wood will become scarce one day, because it was harvested more than it grew.

According to Svoboda, this year’s development of the bark beetle calamity in the Czech forests will depend on the weather. Moisture could slow down bark beetle growth last year. “If there is a drought again, we will be back to the same situation of 2020,” he said.

According to the Minister of Agriculture Zdeněk Nekula (KDU-ČSL), if his ministry had not only forests but also wood processing, it would contribute to a better solution of the issues of the entire ministry. The wood processing industry now falls under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT). “Because the wood processing industry is not a priority at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, there are far larger sectors within the industry,” he said. He asked the foresters for support for this step.

Today, Czech forest owners stated that, according to them, various ecological organizations have a disproportionate influence on the setting of conditions for forest management. “In no other period has the politics and opinions of people who are not affected by forestry have been so involved in forestry as at present,” said Radomír Charvát from Lesní družstvo Chvojno. The Minister called on foresters to be inspired by the behavior of these organizations and to inform the public and the media more about their work.

SVOL has over 700 members who farm on 551,000 hectares of land. This is 21 percent of the total forest area in the Czech Republic.

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