In principle, there are two methods of harvesting wood: the tree-length method and the Nordic cut-to-length method, or shortwood logging or assortment method. The latter one is generally used in Finland and the Nordic countries. In this, the tree stems are cut on site to the measurements desired by the user. In the tree-length method, the stems will only be cut to measure on the intermediate storage site or at the ultimate point of use. The tree-length method is common outside the Nordic countries.