Forest monitoring just became demonstrably easier, and lying about forest harvests a little bit harder. Protect the Forest Sweden has launched the “Skogsmonitor”, a tool that shows the locations, and the loss of old growth and high-value forests in Sweden. Developed on a shoestring by dedicated enthusiasts Jon Andersson and Viktor Säfve, the tool points to reasonably priced, transparent monitoring solutions that could be used by the soon-to-be-proposed EU Forest Monitoring Law.
This is the first time such a comprehensive collection of open data has been made available, using high-precision field inventory, remote-sensing and other data to help forest managers and municipalities make planning decisions – and to guide admirers of Sweden’s natural heritage to richer forest landscapes.
With the click of a button, layers of mapping reveal old forests and continuity forests (forests that have never been clearcut), highlighting where high conservation values and probable conservation values are, where formal and other protections have been set up, where logging notifications are open, areas that have been logged, and the land holdings of large forest owners.