ISU students help Vigo County parks by using drones to find invasive plants

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International ISU chapter is the group helping out. Many of which are like Chris Jackson who is majoring in unmanned systems.

Posted: Mar. 13, 2019 10:49 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- Many of the Vigo County parks will be getting some extra assistance this summer. That’s as students from ISU will be using drones to help find invasive species.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International ISU chapter is the group helping out. Many of which are like Chris Jackson who is majoring in unmanned systems.

Students will be helping out by looking for honeysuckle when it blooms. Honeysuckle is an invasive plant that suffocates other plant life around it including trees.

Jackson said it’s about giving crews a bird's eye view. By doing so they can tell cleanup crews with the parks department where to focus their efforts.

The parks department have also used the drones for a controlled burn situation. Crews focused on burning honeysuckle while drones above made sure the fires didn’t get out of control.

“It's a great new technology and the value that it provides just makes a lot of people’s jobs a lot easier and more efficient and a lot of times safer soon," said Jackson.

The students won’t be scanning the parks for a few more weeks. After the honeysuckle begins to bloom they will then begin their search efforts.

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