Welcome to the forest
Entry type: Single project
Publishing organisation: Helsingin Sanomat
Organisation size: Big
Publication date: 2022-06-09
Authors: Petja Pelli, Kimmo Penttinen, Salla Vuorikoski, Emil Ehnström, Juho Salminen, Petri Salmén
Petja Pelli, text
Kimmo Penttinen, pictures
Emil Ehnström, GIS analysis
Petri Salmén, graphics
Salla Vuorikoski and Juho Salminen, producing
This investigative GIS project shows that publicly owned forest industry cuts forest from publicly owned outdoor areas.
In Finland there are five national hiking areas that were established by law for outdoor recreation.
We were able to obtain forest cutting data that shows clearly how the other hand of government is cutting forest from areas that the other hand is trying to offer for people to use for outdoor recreation.
Information requests, open data, QGIS.
Context about the project:
Environmental open data and requesting that data from authorities in a possible way to find good stories.
What can other journalists learn from this project?
In a country full of forest this is a good topic for investigative and data journalism.