Tellerreport – Display Regensburg (dpa / lby) – The state forests plagued by falling prices and bark beetles are looking more optimistically into the future again. After the losses of the previous year, the financial situation is improving somewhat, according to her. “The market is developing positively, prices are rising,” said CEO Martin Neumeyer on Sunday. With an area of over 8,000 square kilometers, the
Regensburg (dpa / lby) – The state forests plagued by falling prices and bark beetles are looking more optimistically into the future again.
“The market is developing positively, prices are rising,” said CEO Martin Neumeyer on Sunday.
With an area of over 8,000 square kilometers, the state forests are the largest German forest enterprise.
Like other German state forest companies and private forest owners, the company has suffered from the double burden of drought and bark beetles in recent years.
Both factors together led to record quantities of “damaged wood”, which in turn caused timber prices to plummet across Europe.
At least in the construction industry, however, the demand for wood is increasing, as Neumeyer reported.
“After the sharp rise in the price of sawn timber and wood products last year, the prices for the raw material, i.e. the tree cuttings, are now also rising”.
Neumeyer assumes that the new Bavarian building regulations – which now allow larger wooden houses – and increasing environmental awareness of the citizens will increase the demand for wood.
As with asparagus, wood prices are based on growth.
Apart from the tree species, there are different categories depending on the length and thickness of the trunks.
The most important timber is still the spruce.
According to the state forests, the prices for spruce wood in the top range named BC 2b have now risen from 80 euros per cubic meter to up to 90 euros.
In a number of regions of Bavaria, if the development remains the same, fresh wood could soon become scarce, said Neumeyer.
“After the severe crisis on the timber market, forest owners can look to the future with optimism again due to too much damaged wood,” he said.
The head of state forestry expects prices to continue to rise over the course of the year.
That would also be important for many of the 700,000 private forest owners in Bavaria.