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The health of forests has been relatively stable in recent years and is below the EU average. Based on the new findings, annual fluctuation of estimates is a consequence of changing weather conditions between individual years.

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Forests in Slovenia are relatively well preserved, in particular with regard to the variety of natural composition of tree species and the structure (vertical as well as horizontal) of stands. The percentage of natural forests in Slovenia exceeds 50%, while only about one tenth of the forests are heavily altered forests, anthropogenic spruce forests and completely altered forests.

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For many decades, growing stock per hectare and annual gross increment have been constantly rising in Slovenia. Over the past 60 years, they increased by more than 120%. The amount of felling depends not only on natural conditions but also on socio-economic factors, which is why it has been changing through the decades and today amounts to 50% of the annual increment.

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In the past centuries, forest area has been increasing constantly. Since 1875, when forests covered only 36% of the Slovenian territory, forest cover has increased to 58.5%.

Neutral

Deforestation represents a negligible percentage of the total forest area in Slovenia. The annual average in the last decade is approximately 360 ha. Until 2008, most deforestation was a result of construction of infrastructure facilities. In 2008, an unprecedented increase in deforestation for agricultural purposes occurred, which accounted for 85% of all deforested areas in 2009. The percentage has remained high ever since, still accounting for 73% in 2015. Until now, deforestation has mostly been carried out with the consent of the competent institutions.

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Deadwood is an important animal and plant habitat that contributes to the biodiversity of forest ecosystems. According to Slovenia Forest Service data, the volume of standing and fallen trees without stumps and branches in 2010 was 10.11m3/ha, which represented approximately 4% of the entire wood stock of forest stands. In virgin forests, however, the deadwood volume can be even several dozen times larger.