Forest inventories

Two are two forest inventory systems in use in Finland. The National Forest Inventory (NFI) is a monitoring system that produces information concerning national and regional forest resources - volume, growth and quality of growing stock, land use structure and forest ownership, forest health, biodiversity of forests and forest carbon stocks and their changes.

The characteristics of Finland’s forest stock are well known over an extended period of time. The national forest inventories form a unique time series of the development of Finnish forests: The first NFI was carried out  as early as in the in 1920s. Since then, NFIs have been made regularly in 5–10 year cycles. They are conducted by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

The results of the inventories are used to monitor the forest resources and the information obtained is also valuable for international reporting and strategic planning. The results of the NFIs are publicly available.

In addition, the Finnish Forest Centre (Metsäkeskus) collects information on forest stock using remote sensing based on laser scanning. The collected data is updated with growth calculations and information on forest management activities. The Finnish Forest Centre utilises the information to oversee the implementation of the Forest Act and to provide advisory services to forest owners.

The Finnish Forest Centre provides an eService for forest owners

The Finnish Forest Centre is a state-funded organisation covering the whole country. The main tasks of the Finnish Forest Centre include promoting forestry and related livelihoods, advising landowners on how to care for and benefit from their forests and the ecosystems therein, collecting and sharing data related to Finland's forests and enforcing forestry legislation. The eServices of Metsää portal offer the latest information directly to forest owners on their properties.

Metsää is a portal through which people owning forest property in Finland can conduct business related to their forests in a simple and easily accessible manner. As the user logs in, the service suggests them  actions that should be taken in their forests at that moment. The information is displayed for each forest stand compartment, broken down by soil type, tree type and natural occurrence. Possible logging or forestry actions are suggested. Maps and aerial photographs clearly show where properties are located and their current state. 

The portal also connects forest owners with relevant third parties, including providers of forestry services. The service thus makes it easy for the users to commission management work and to connect with forestry professionals. To prevent misuse of the service, strong authentication of users is required in order to use the Metsää portal.

Related links

The National Forest Inventory FMI
Metsää eService for forest owners

Further information

Niina Riissanen, metsäneuvos 
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources Department, Unit for Forests and Bioenergy 0295162339