Do not delay decisions about young stand management: time really means money with seedlings. Every delayed year in early cleaning or pre-commercial thinning increases the costs of work by about ten per cent. Add to this the compound interest effect, and the results are startling. If early cleaning is carried out at the right time, that is, when coniferous trees have reached a height of approximately one metre, the costs excluding value added tax are around 380 euros per hectare. If the work is carried out three years later, the costs for the same area jump to 506 euros.
Considering the government-funded kemera subsidy, amounting to 160 euros per hectare, the forest owner ends up paying around 220 euros per hectare for work carried out timely. Work that is carried out three years late costs as much as 346 euros per hectare, including the subsidy. The kemera subsidy granted for young stand management does not increase despite the work becoming more expensive.
In practice, early cleaning that is carried out too late is 50 per cent more expensive for the forest owner. Concerning pre-commercial thinning, the costs for a delay of three years can be up to 60 or 70 per cent higher. The forest cycle also lengthens, as it takes longer for trees to grow sturdy, which means the forest owner must wait longer for income compared to the alternative of timely young stand management.