Is the Forest Cover Information in Order?
A successful timber trade is usually based on an offer that matches the reality as accurately as possible. On the contrary, a failed trade is often due to a false estimation made in the offer phase about the wood amount or the sawtimber/pulpwood accrual. The state of the terrain and remaining woods after the harvesting is another essential meter for the successfulness of the trade.
Offer requests can be made utilizing a forest plan or forest stand data by the Finnish Forest Centre provided through the Metsään.fi service. The potential buyer usually makes an estimation visit, on which they base their offer. In any case, as up-to-date and accurate forest stand data as possible helps in making an offer that is on point.
Forest inventories that provide the data used to be made every 10 years. Presently, they are conducted every six years utilizing laser scanning, and the information is also updated in between the inventories based on forest use announcements and Kemera forest management grant execution announcements, among other sources. Nonetheless, there are still gaps left in the information.