Developed by: Metsä Group
Digital technology was once seen as a threat to the forestry sector, but now its integration into daily forest practices is helping to cut costs and enable smarter, more responsibly forestry. Metsä Group in Finland, with 104,000 forest-owning members, is at the forefront of a digital revolution in forestry. As each tree becomes a data point, through remote mapping that uses satellites, lasers and drones, it is possible to know far more about the forest than ever before. But data alone is only the start, and Metsä is increasingly incorporating it into tools that are useful to forest owners and managers as well as wood processors and buyers.
Utilising this new data through applicable tools brings new level of precision to felling and planting of trees, matching supply to demand further up the supply chain. This is made possible through a 100% traceable process, where tagging allows all wood in Metsä’s supply chain to be traced from forest through the sawmill and processing plants to end products. Digitalisation also helps to protect forest ecosystems, with more information at hand for forest managers about forest health and when it’s necessary to visit and fell sites. Transportation can also be optimised to meet felling patterns, which reduces emissions from operations and saves costs for all involved.