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A quarter of Swiss wood harvest felled in storms

National News // Jan. 19, 2018

The storm at the beginning of the week felled a quarter of the amount of trees that are normally harvested in a year.

Phil Champion A quarter of Swiss wood harvest felled in storms

1.3 million Cubic meters of wood was cut down by the winds – it’s hoped much of that can be sold.

Most of fallen trees are in the cantons of Bern, Lucerne and Solothurn.

The Federal Office of the Environment, which has the power to limit tree felling, says it will take no action at the moment. It banned tree felling after a major storm in 1999 which brought down more trees than the annual allowance.

But there are worries about the destructive bark beetle as it thrives on fresh fallen wood.

Workers are already cleaning up as fast as they can, but progress is slow due to the snow and avalanche risks.


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