Returning to the show calendar for the first time since before the pandemic, Interforst was back with a bang. Forestry Journal joined thousands of guests at Messe München last month, as 31,000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors ensured there was plenty to see. In this series of articles, we provide a small taste of what was on offer. 

WHILE forwarders, harvesters and chainsaw users roamed free in Interforst's grounds (at least in spirit), the indoor hall was where tree shelters, drones, personal protective equipment, forestry literature, and even government thrived. 

It was also inside that Treeva, a new product powered by Stihl, was shown to the world for the first time.

On the face of it, it is a lot like Woods App (another digital solution), allowing foresters and forest managers to check on the status of their woodlands without having to leave the comfort of the office.

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But it has some unique features.  

Robin Geiger, sales manager, said: “With Treeva, forestry owners and managers can digitalise every process within a forest. We are starting with locating different objects within your forest, using GPS. For instance, if a tree needs to be cut down, you can identify which kind of species it is and how many of them you have in your forest. 

“Then we have a solution that is mainly for forest workers. After they cut down the trees, they can measure a single log and put in the information; what age it is, the diameters of it, which species. This information will be GPS updated in the system and onto the cloud.” 

Bringing together Logbuch und FOVEA – two previous digital solutions developed by the team – Treeva also features ‘photo optical measurement’; put simply, a forester can take a picture of a pile of logs and within seconds have the species, diameter, and other information to hand. 

Forestry Journal: With its smart technology, Treeva can provide real-time information on a pile of logs, such as diameter and species With its smart technology, Treeva can provide real-time information on a pile of logs, such as diameter and species

Robin added: “You can reduce your time needed out in the forest.” 

Like Woods App, Treeva – which launched on the first day of Interforst – is only available in Germany, but it’s hoped it will expand to further territories, including the UK, by early next year.