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ABSTRACT: The principle of “precision forestry” is that it uses modern
tools and technology to get as much real information as it is possible to improve
decision making process and to ensure current goals of forest management.
The best known and most frequently used tools of modern technology are
remote sensing, navigation systems and geographic information systems. New
trends are decision support systems and tools for tree identification and tools
for wood material testing and measurement. There is a large interest of the forestry
sector in these technologies because as the primary source of data “precision
forestry” provides more accurate (realistic) information then currently
used sources. Aim of this article is to clarify and inform the professional, but
also the general public with the precision forestry, its definition and its tools.

Key words: forestry, remote sensing technologies, surveying, decision
support system, Geographic Information System.

At present, demands for wood production along with maintain the quality of the environment (Taylor et al
increasing economical and environmental public demands 2002). It uses set of tools, which have been successfully
from forests require new access to solution as well as new introduced around the whole World and now they have
technologies. Detailed data which is collected, analyzed been used in precision forestry.
and stored is used for successful management. Profitable

Precision forestry is focused on information and
management is the result of right planning, organization

supports economical, environmental and sustainable de-
and control of all forest operations. These claims are reac

cision by using high technology sensing and analyticalhed by implementation of precision forestry.

tools. It provides highly repeatable measurements, ac-

Precision forestry is new direction for better forest tions and processes to initiate, cultivate, and harvest
management. Management principles of precision fore-trees, as well as to protect enhance riparian zone, wilstry
are based on precision agriculture. Precision agri-dlife habitat, and other environmental resources. It pro-
culture is an information-based, decision making vides valuable information and linkages among resource
agricultural system designed to improve the agricultural managers, the environmental community, manufactures
process by precisely managing each step to ensure maxi-and public policy makers (Dyck 2001).
mum agricultural production and continued sustainabi-

Precision forestry is defined by group of researcherlity of the natural resources (Rasher 2001, Martinić

S.E. Taylor, T.P. McDonald, F.W. Corly (2002), as planet
al. 2001). Precision agriculture can be defined as maning
and conducting of site-specific forest management
naging crop inputs, such as fertilizer, herbicide, etc. on a

activities and operations to improve wood product quasite-
specific basis to reduce waste, increase profits, and

lity and utilization, reduce waste, and increase profits

and maintain the quality of the environment. According
1 Petronela Kovácsová, BSc., Department of Forest Management

to Ziesak`s (2006) opinion, Precision Forestry uses

and Geodesy, Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in

high technology sensing and analytical tools to support

Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 25; 960 53 Zvolen, Slovakia

e-mail: site-specific, economic, environmental, and sustainable
2 Mária Antalová, BSc., Department of Forest Exploitation and decision-making for the forestry sector supporting the

Mechanization, Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in

forestry value chain from bare land to the customer

Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 25, 960 53 Zvolen, Slovakia

e-mail: buying a sheet of paper or board.