The Issue and Challenge
FPInnovations’ Strategy has established targets for forest inventory remote sensing
costs. Traditionally in British Columbia (BC), forest inventory information is
collected infrequently, through photo interpretation and ground-based surveys. It
tends to present accuracy and timing challenges for operational planning and it is
unsuitable for timber inventory (block or stand and landscape levels). By contrast,
timber inventory at the block level (i.e., timber cruising) is conducted based on more
intensely field sampling and typically does not include remotely sensed information.
It’s main objective is to provide detailed information on the distribution of wood
volume in the block by species, quality and dimension (usually summarized in the
log grades). Remotely sensed timber inventory information for operational or
tactical purposes, provides an opportunity to transform current practices and later
adapt and extend them elsewhere in Canada.
Today, ground-based survey for timber appraisal and for forest inventory costs
range between $25-100 per ha, depending on access and on the type of data
FPInnovations members are seeking to identify and commercialize innovations that can dramatically reduce the costs associated with this process, while maintaining or improving accuracy. This challenge is designed to provide improvements to the Timber Inventory.
September 2, 2016