The technological revolution opens new horizons in forestry planning

The technological revolution opens new horizons in forestry planning
The technological revolution opens new horizons in forestry planning

Malėjs points out that there is currently a lot of open data available. He emphasizes that the cooperative uses the LVM GEO planning system of VAS “Latvijas valsts mežu”, which has made the use of these data more user-friendly.

“We analyze these various data. The most useful layers when planning forestry works are the surface relief, groundwater level depth maps developed by LVMI “Silava” scientists, historical soil maps, as well as orthophoto maps in different color ranges. All of them provide useful information for planning, says Andis .

The member of the board of the cooperative also says that other electronic systems are used, which help in forestry planning. He points out that drones are also gradually being used.

“If you go to the forest with a drone and a new growth has been cultivated, you can make a map where it is possible to accurately calculate the size of the cultivated area.

I see greater value when larger forest massifs need to be surveyed, in which it is possible to check the condition of the stands during one drone mission – whether there is damage by eight-toothed bark beetles, whether there are no windbreaks, as well as to assess the forest infrastructure – roads and ditches. For example, beaver dams also cause great damage to the forest, as a result of their operation, large areas of forest are destroyed,” he says.

Technology in the near future

Malējs reveals that there are technologies that could be introduced in the near future that would facilitate forestry activities: “One of the processes that we want to support with information technology is the flow of wood from the forest to the timber processor.

So that the forest manager can keep track of the activities taking place in the forest online. Both how much timber is prepared by the harvester, how much material is delivered to the warehouse, how much the timber carrier has loaded and how much the timber buyer has measured at the end.

Currently, we have implemented a standard in Latvia so that all representatives of the industry can exchange information with each other. The next step is to bring it all to life, which would also mean the introduction of electronic waybills.

As a cooperative, we want our member to be able to view online both information about what is happening with his felled timber and also with our planned forestry works.”

The article was written in cooperation with PEFC.

The article is in Latvian

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