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National Park Service Tries Drone Inspections on Oldest Sequoia

Wildfires, Beetles Endanger Oldest Growth in the Country, Requiring Attentive Care The US National Park Service isn’t very accepting of drone operations throughout its purview, but once in a while even they see some use in the little tools, particularly where they can be used to assess the health of old growth forests without the hubbub of a crewed aircraft. Doodle Labs highlighted its work in networking a recent effort to scan, document, and assess the health of ‘General Sherman’, the world’s largest living tree. A crew brought out a Firefly Astro Prime and one of the Labs’ mesh networks to provide a C2 uplink as the drone checked the tree for beetle damage.

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