Four students and a professor at Yakima Valley Community College have teamed up withThe Nature Conservancy to create a quad-copter to aid in forest health and restoration.
Two of the students created the quad-copter from scratch. It is equipped with a camera to give an aerial view to research teams. The Nature Conservancy will monitor forests and thin out highly dense areas of trees that if caught on fire could create a megafire.
"They just try and keep the forest area healthy and they want to be able to scan and look at tree counts and what kind of trees are in what locations then plan for forrest fires.. where they should thin out forests or plant new trees anything to improve the help of the forrest really," said Austin Philipp
The Nature Conservancy would get aerial views every ten years from plane flyovers. Copters like the one YVCC has built will allow them to view areas easier and quicker.
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