Open Forestry benefits users by providing ways for organizations to amplify projects, reach new stakeholders efficiently, and scale-up efforts more effectively. Sharing forestry knowledge with the world openly brings tremendous value to individual participants and to the entire network. With each participant sharing resources, strengths, problems and solutions, new connections and knowledge are created that adds value.
Non-Profit & Non-Governmental Organizations
These organizations are grass-roots driven and often limited in resources. Joining Open Forestry amplifies a non-profit’s reach by networking outside of their base, opening doors for new potential collaborations. For example, posting projects on Open Forestry and using its extensive human and digital networks allows more people from more places to discover the project. Not only does this increase visibility, but it brings more ideas to bear on the issue. With greater visibility and interaction can come new opportunities to scale-up the current project, or even replicate it in new places.
Optimizing tree growth requires access to the latest silviculture techniques and sustainable forest best management practices for that specific area. As global populations continue to rise, tree growers of all sizes will be asked to grow ever more renewable fuel and fiber from planted forests. Using Open Forestry gives tree farmers access to a network of experts and the latest technologies. For example, a tree farmer needing to know what species to plant to best cope with forest pests can use the network to ask a question from experts to get the latest and most relevant information to base their planting decisions. Or if a farmer wants to develop an optimal harvesting schedule they can engage other tree farmers through Open Forestry to learn best practices and insights. Providing and accessing current information is critical to any tree farmer, particularly with changing climates on the horizon.
For-profit companies have the organizational and financial ability to make large-scale decisions that affect many aspects of forestry while attending to corporate social responsibility. A company can share resources through Open Forestry to help communities maximize the value of their forests to keep more land forested. For example, a mechanism to economically and safely remove and use understory brush and small trees that contribute to fuel buildup would provide needed income to forest reliant communities while helping to stop massive forest fires. A company could provide resources for using this type of material and post questions to help fill in knowledge gaps around this problem. Solutions can be crowd-sourced, and collaborations with other companies, researchers, and NGOs can be facilitated around the world.