Mapping Invasive Species in the Connecticut Forest Understory Using Drones
Nancy Marek from UCONN is coming to talk to you about whether an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone equipped with a sensor, can be used to map the distribution of three invasive shrub species (Japanese barberry, multiflora rose, and winged euonymus) in temperate deciduous forest understories in Connecticut. In addition, time-lapse photography will be used to detect the phenological development of the forest understory.
Nancy Marek is a second-year PhD student who is exploring the potential for developing a technique for mapping existing Japanese barberry infestations, which may help identify other non-native invasive species. This could one day lead to a cost-effective method for improving invasive plant management for foresters and land managers.
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This event is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks, and Friends of Goodwin Forest.
The James L. Goodwin Forest and Conservation Center were gifts to the people of Connecticut from James L. Goodwin, one of America's first professional foresters and a long-time CFPA Board Member. The Center is jointly managed by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks. For more information, select here.