Forest data and Monitoring
A prerequisite for making good decisions for the future, especially with regard to climate and the environment, is to have a good basis describing the assets of forest, land and water. Bergvik Skog’s forest data is registered in a geographic information system called BESK.
BESK handles all basic forest information such as forest data, planned and implemented forest activities. The system also contains information about natural and cultural values in the forest. An efficient and secure system for managing and accessing information entails, among other things, reduced risk of mistakes, such as felling in areas with high natural values.
After a few years of exploration with forest inventory using airborne laser scanning, all forests owned by Bergvik Skog has been laser scanned. Laser scanning significantly increases the quality of forest information. The increased quality, in turn, creates the conditions for better adaptation of forest management, better land utilization and lower costs in implementing forestry activities.
The felling that takes place on Bergvik Skog’s land must be long-term sustainable both in terms of execution and in scope. To know how much forest can be harvested, felling calculations are made that take into account the status of the forest today, future growth, applied forest management, as well as economic, social and ecological conditions. In this context, long-term development refers to the next 100 years. Measurements in 2015, show that growth in our forests has increased by 6% since the previous survey in 2006. The felling rate in 2015 was about 73% of the total growth, ie the forest has grown and stored more CO2 during the year than we have chosen to harvest.