SkyForest

Satellite Solutions for the world's forests

Trusted by foresters across Canada

Million Hectares Processed
450+
Harvest Blocks
10,000+
Years of Experience
7+

About SkyForest™

Cost-effective, accurate, near real-time forest information from satellites.

SkyForest™ tells you tree species, height, timber volume, stand density, age, and terrain elevation for every 10m grid cell on your forests from satellite data as recent as a few days old.

Forest Industry

Reduce the cost of accessing blocks.
Find good wood and more volume.
Determine the value of wood you can realize.
Find the best place for road access.
Avoid inoperable areas.

Forest Managers

Produce forest inventory quickly.
Produce up-to-date inventory based on recent satellite data.
Map forest stands automatically.
Save money compared to LiDAR.
Validate existing forest inventory.

Forest Sustainability

Find wildlife habitat for featured species.
Detect successional changes.
Measure forest carbon sequestration.
Ensure sustainability of forests.

Our Solutions

SkyForest™ produces several data layers that can help you with your forestry needs.

Species Identification


SkyForest™ delivers tree species data at the forest stand, sub-stand, block or in 10m grid cells. Current maps of leading species, other land cover types (e.g., wetlands), and confidence level of the species identification.

  • Plan your Harvest

    SkyForest™ species helps you forecast what species will come to your mill.

  • Current Information

    Reflects the current species composition from satellite data a few days, weeks, or months old.

  • Consistency

    Automated algorithms ensure a consistent lead and second species identification not affected by subjective errors.

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Hardwood-Softwood Composition


Where all that is needed is to differentiate between hardwood and softwood species, the SkyForest™ hardwood-softwood data provides fine-grained, accurate and high resolution data.

  • Plan your Harvest

    SkyForest™ hardwood-softwood helps you find the wood you are looking for in your blocks.

  • Current Information

    Reflects the current Hardwood-Softwood composition from satellite data a few days, weeks, or months old.

  • Consistency

    Automated algorithms ensure a consistent hardwood and softwood composition not affected by subjective errors.

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Canopy Heights


When you're looking for productive stands and wood that meets your mills' needs, the SkyForest™ canopy height data gives you high-resolution information.

  • Plan your Harvest

    SkyForest™ canopy heights helps you find the merchantable timber on your blocks.

  • Current Information

    Reflects the canopy heights from the most recent satellite data acquisition.

  • Consistency

    Automated algorithms ensure a consistent measurement of tree heights across an entire forest.

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Digital Terrain Model (DTM)


When you need accurate terrain data, the SkyForest™ Digital Terrain Model will give it to you in 5m grid cells. It is created through a new patented process that fuses a variety of sources of satellite imagery to create a DTM under forest canopy.

  • Speed

    Terrain data for areas with millions of hectares can be delivered in a few weeks.

  • Accuracy

    Compares well with LiDAR, with a RMSE less than 3m over most of Canada's territory.

  • Low Cost

    Generated from global Earth observation data, at a much lower price than LiDAR.

(US patent 10,095,995 B2. Canadian patent 2,930,989)

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Timber Volume


When you need detailed information on timber volume, broken down by species or hardwood-softwood composition, SkyForest™ timber volume gives it to you in 20m grid cells.

  • Plan your Harvest

    SkyForest™ timber volume helps you to forecast plan the volume of wood deliveries to your mill, and to find the high volume stands within your blocks.

  • Current Information

    Reflects the timber volume from the most recent satellite data acquisition.

  • Consistency

    Automated algorithms ensure a consistent estimates of timber volume across an entire forest and within your blocks.

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SkyStands


When you want to delineate forest stands consistently, accurately, and quickly, the SkyForest™ SkyStands will deliver the results.

  • Speed

    SkyStands with millions of hectares can be delivered in a few weeks with greater accuracy than manual delineation.

  • Accuracy and Consistency

    Automated algorithms ensure an accurate and consistent forest stand delineation across an entire forest.

  • Captures Natural Forest Patterns

    SkyStands capture naturally occurring patterns in the forest due to changes in tree height and species composition.

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Crown Coverage


When you need to know the density of forest stands, SkyForest™ Crown coverage provides an accurate measure of site occupancy.

  • Plan your Harvest

    SkyForest™ Crown coverage helps you plan harvest paths by finding dense stands of trees.

  • Current Information

    Reflects stand density from the most recent satellite data acquisition.

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“SkyForest™ is faster, cheaper, more accurate, and it's in real time. These features enable us to do more accurate planning”
Bob Fleet
Bob Fleet
VP Environment & Forestry, Tolko Industries Ltd