Sale of residuals

In 2015, cuttings accounted for approximately 1500 m³, of RMK’s sales volume.

Theoretically, cuttings make up 15 – 20% of all logging; of that, the proportion of harvested cuttings is approximately 12% (a harvesting location needs to have a supply of at least 40 m³ and a reserve of a minimum of 30 m³/ha), with the proportion of cuttings sold, adjusted for season, is estimated at approximately 8% (depending on the soil and the condition of the roads).

Under this model, RMK would have the potential to sell up to 250 000 m³ of cuttings a year. Due to forest protection restrictions and the limit of economic efficiency, the entire volume cannot be exploited. RMK has estimated the volume achievable in harvesting cuttings at approximately 150 000 m³ a year.

Tapping the entire volume of cuttings and brush presupposes a sufficient quantity of consumers and the location of the point of consumption as close to the resources as possible. Furthermore, the availability of access roads and long-term storage facilities are important.

Independent harvesting of cuttings

From RMK’s clear cuts, cuttings and stump logs may be also harvested for firewood. Cuttings are branches and trunk parts lying on the ground in a clear cut area, whilst stump logs are timber produced when stumps are cut down.

Since clear cutting is always followed by reforestation, the time limit for a buyer to harvest cuttings is tight, 30 calendar days at the most.

For a consumer, the cost of harvesting cuttings from the state forest is EUR 6.50 per m³ (EUR 50.70 per hectare), and stump logs are priced at EUR 9.90 per m³ (EUR 68.43 per hectare), to which value added tax will be added. Those wishing to make a purchase are invited to kindly contact their nearest forest district.


Contact us!

Üllar Rosin
tel +372 514 2146
e-mail ullar.rosin@rmk.ee

Mart Enel
tel +372 526 3392
e-mail mart.enel@rmk.ee