On Friday, May 1, 2015 the Forest Management Practices class visited a three-day old prescribed burn in the Michaux State Forest near Old Forge Road and the gas pipeline. The silvicultural purpose was to remove competition to the desired oak tree regeneration.
I used my DJI Phantom Vision 2 quadcopter to get some aerial images. The first two images clearly show the boundary of the burn. The third shows students studying the burn.
And From the ground. The last image shows the deer fence which was the boundary of the burn.
Here is a video from two different elevations.
I have heard news stories recently of how military drones have become smaller and more widely available for military uses. This NPR story tells how they will soon be available for government agencies and even private uses.
The part that really got my attention was a quote by a US Geological Survey scientist who has been using drones on Bureau of Land Management properties. He said unequivocally that drones are the future of natural resources land management. I guess every forester will want his eye in the sky.
This next NPR story
concerns a convention of drone manufacturers in Las Vegas, with several videos of small drones in action.