Forestry is a strategic sector for Sweden, with around 50% of forests owned by private individuals or families who must comply with national and EU legislation regarding the management of their forests.
Swedish best practices for forest management foresee forest replanting after clearing, pre-commercial thinning and commercial thinning. To support forest owners in the process, the Swedish Forest Agency (SFA) advises owners when to best cut their trees and get higher long term returns from their forest assets.
Through the use of satellite-based clear-cut maps, the SFA can promote best practice to the 300,000 private owners. This has resulted in increasing forest and timber reserves whilst at the same time preserved natural forest land increasing its value for ecotourism.