Back to blog | September 9 2019

Innovation. Our forests are branching out into the future.

Innovation and know-how make for better decision making.

Just as in everyday life – for instance, planning a trip down south with a site that uses an algorithm to find the best plane tickets at the best price – it also stands true when it comes to the Quebec forestry sector.

Thanks to an innovative process called remote sensing, these technologically advanced tools of today are helping us to take care of the forests of tomorrow.

Taking the pulse of our forests

Remote sensing in many ways resembles those smart watches that count your steps, and measure your heart rate, as well as your sleep rhythms. Remote sensing measures the health statusof the forest, creating a clear portrait of the situation and helping the industry make smart and sensible choices to optimize its resources.

Remote sensing specialists combine different high-end processes and technologies to analyze the life cycle of forest stands – which are made up of numerous species – to map their location and track their evolution.

Remote sensing by LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is one of the most important technologies used today. It enables specialists to create a highly accurate 3D digital model by flying over the zone in question using a plane equipped with an extremely advanced laser. It thus becomes possible, for example, to plan an optimal forest road network and establish water crossings in the best places, in order to preserve the habitat and to keep passages free for fish.

So what do we do with all of this data?

On top of contributing to biodiversity – such as the fish example – understanding the forest like no one else, helps the sector to better manage productivity and forest regeneration, as well maintain the integrity of ecosystems. Remote sensing is thus as beneficial for the forest as it is for the environment, and the population at large.

The forestry sector is constantly innovating to better understand, manage and renew the forests of Quebec. It’s at the heart of everything we do to preserve it for future generations. 

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