Forest owners and managers are increasingly having to comply with local government and other regulatory body requirements relating to their activities. Additionally, forest owners internationally are adopting industry certification standards to be able to compete in the world markets. Aerial Surveys is able to offer solutions to forestry companies and regulatory authorities to ensure compliance standards are met.
Aerial Surveys has a range of technologies available to monitor environmental performance and compliance. Aerial photography and photogrammetry can determine the extent of modification to the landscape, such as roading, harvesting near waterways, build-up of harvesting waste (birdsnests), erosion and other features. Other remote sensing technologies such as the hyperspectral sensor can determine changes in species mix, presence of unwanted weed growth, or a change in the amount and nature of sediment in a waterway.
Sustainability is about ensuring that there is a balance in the forest system, ensuring in essence that sufficient forest is being planted to replace the harvested volumes. This can be monitored in many ways.
Aerial Surveys aerial photography and photogrammetry can be used to track logging extraction and replanting changes over time related to boundaries.
When a total tree count and LIDAR survey is undertaken, then more information related to tree numbers and volumes is available, and in selective logging contracts or concessions, individual trees can be located and tracked.
Hyperspectral remote sensing can be used to determine individual species of trees, and is valuable in monitoring selected logging where single species in mixed forest are permitted to be extracted. Activity within a forest can be monitored at the single tree level.