Austria forest cover map with Styria highlighted in red (Source: BFW - click to enlarge)
Styria (German: Steiermark) is a federated state or Bundesland of Austria, located in the southeast, sharing borders with Slovenia. It comprises 16,400 km² and has a population of 1.2 million. The capital Graz counts 265,000 inhabitants.
Styria, termed the 'green heart of Austria', is covered by around 1 million ha of forest or 61% of the land area. Forests are composed by 70% of coniferous, 12% of mixed and 17% of deciduous forest stands. The growing forest stock counts circa 300 million m³ and the annual timber harvest is about 5.5 million m³. 90% of the forests are privately owned, and 55% are small 'family forests' properties of less than 200 ha.
The Styrian forest-based sector comprises 5,300 enterprises, 56,000 employees and an annual production value of over 4 billion euros. The sector includes 300 primary wood processing units, 6 major pulp and paper mills, 200 timber construction companies and around 1,200 carpenties. 7,000 or 25% of 28,000 jobs in the Austrian sawmill and timber industry are located in Styria. The vast majority are mainly family-owned small and medium-sized enterprises. The traditional forest sector is an essential source of income in the rural area. With an export quota of 65%, it is strongly oriented towards trade, with main export markets in Germany and Italy.
Official webportal: www.steiermark.at
RERAM partner: HCS - Wood Cluster Styria