Tolko deploys satellite-based forest inventory and disturbance monitoring solutions
December 24, 2019 By Rezatec
Rezatec, in partnership with forest management consultants, Forsite, and with support from the government of Saskatchewan, has provided Tolko with deployments of its state-of-the-art and highly accurate forest inventory and disturbance monitoring solutions across an area of forest in central Canada.
Tolko, a leading Canadian forest products company, wanted to explore how Rezatec’s suite of satellite data forestry solutions could improve the accuracy of its existing forest inventory methods and ongoing monitoring capabilities. Rezatec has also previously worked with Forsite, who were keen to work with the company again.
Using satellite data combined with machine learning techniques, Rezatec can identify the presence and distribution of tree species across a forest, as well as calculate volumetric measurements such as tree height and mensuration. Due to the unique capabilities of satellite data, this can be conducted across very large areas and repeated regularly, to provide accurate, up-to-date inventory data and monitor changes over time.
As a result, Tolko is now able to take a more data-driven and informed approach to harvesting and road planning.
“We are really pleased with the results of this pilot and the capabilities that satellite data and Rezatec have demonstrated especially around scalability and frequency of updates,” explained Michelle Young, Woodlands Manager, Tolko.
Tim Vallings, Chief Commercial Officer at Rezatec commented, “Satellite data is a great input to support Tolko’s already advanced operations and planning. We are pleased to have completed a very successful deployment, working with Forsite for Tolko and engaging with the Government of Saskatchewan.”
Rezatec’s forest management and monitoring solutions provide valuable insight to enable fully informed decisions to be made by owners and managers of forested land assets.
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