Private foresters ask for limiting access to public forest data

Timber work (picture is illustrative).
Timber work (picture is illustrative). Source: RMK

The Estonian Private Forest Union has proposed to the Ministry of the Environment to limit data available for public use in the Forest Registry, Maaleht reports.

"Our aim is to not have the public information regarding forests out in such detail - not anyone should be able to see the amount of timber to be cut, as this information interests forest buyers. Forest owners have told us that those, whose allowable cut is higher, receive more sales calls," counsel to the executive board of the Private Forest Union Arpo Kullerkupp told Maaleht (link in Estonian).

The union proposes to leave seen type of work intended, but not the allowable cut; adding also that not everyone should be able to see the habitat type and the height of the trees online.

The union also says that all those who wish to access public data from the Forest Registry, should sign in to the system, that is, identify themselves.

"The main issue is that annoying sales calls and unfair commercial practices have to come to an end," Kullerkupp said.


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