The annual growth of trees in Finland exceeds the volume of felling and natural loss by over 20 million cubic metres. The age of our forests is developing in a manner that makes the sustainable removals exceed 80 million cubic years of stem wood in the next few decades, when annual removals have been 60–65 million cubic metres in recent years.
The Natural Resources Institute Finland monitors the status of Finnish forests by means of National Forest Inventories. The inventory programme dates back to the 1920s. The National Forest Inventory (NFI) is a system for monitoring forests and forest resources that produces information about regional and national
- forest resources – volume, growth, and quality of growing stock,
- land use and forest ownership structure,
- health of forests,
- biodiversity in forests, and
- carbon stocks of forests and changes in the same.
These data and scenarios of the future development of forests are used by national and regional level decision makers, the forest industry, and researchers. The NFI data are used also for international reporting processes.
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