A major new version of myForest has been launched by the Sylva Foundation. Version 3.0 of myForest is more streamlined, easier to use and packed with new features.
Existing myForest users can log in as normal and find all their usual account information, saved maps and management plans. New users will find the site intuitive with ‘context-sensitive’ help throughout.
The myForest service was developed by the Sylva Foundation as an online platform to support sustainable forest management by woodland owners and managers (including agents) – because the majority (72%) of woodlands in Britain are in private hands and about half of these are thought to be under- or un-managed.
The service is used currently by 2,500 people to map and manage more than 35,000ha of woodlands across Britain. It is provided as a free service, although donations from users are always gratefully received.
The Sylva team have worked closely with Forestry Commission England to ensure compliance for myForest users with the regulatory framework, and are discussing the same with Forestry Commission Scotland. Also in place is a formal partnership with the Royal Forestry Society and Small Woods Association to promote the myForest service to members.
Why the new version?
Since myForest was launched in 2009, technology has moved forward rapidly so the very latest in online software developments are reflected in the new version. In addition Sylva has taken account of feedback from its many users.
- Responsive design, which means it fits the size of the screen you are using, making it better for using with tablets and laptops.
- Easy access to the three myForest tools: Woodland Manager, Business Directory, and Woodland Star Rating.
- Woodland management tool now called Woodland Manager. In here you will find a full screen map and easier access to your woodland information.
- Quick access to your management plans in your account home screen.
- Improvements in creating printable maps.
- Simpler access to the Woodland Star Rating allowing you to measure the management of your woodlands against the UK Forestry Standard.
- Improved guidance using ‘context-sensitive’ help, including video tutorials.
- The Wood Market element of the site has been removed while discussions continue with others in the forestry industry to see how they can best use the technology.
Visit the myForest website: www.myforest.org.uk