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America's Pest Problem by David Von Drehle

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1. Due to an outbreak of Lyme's disease, and car accidents related to deer, some cities are allowing hunting within city limits. There are obviously strict rules on this, but it is part of an effort to reduce the amount of over-populated animals. Other places have extended the hunting times for each day. This is all part of America's pest problem.


2. We have an out of control animal population issue.  There are supposedly more deer our country now than when columbus set foot here. Wild hogs, brought here in the 16th century, have reached 5 million and are wrecking havoc all over the south. Every year a small army of chosen hunters comb forests for black bears on a six day hunt.


3. Beavers are tearing down trees all over the pacific west coast, which were nearly wiped out not too long ago. Bald eagles have also come back from near extinction, now preying on pet dogs  in Michigan. Raccoons have been all over Chicago eating trash. And the largest Burmese pythons are now found in the Everglades, not in Burma.


Tyler Courtnage's comment, April 1, 2014 8:53 AM
8. In 2010, a city near Cincinnati allowed hunting within their city. They had major deer issues like traffic incidents and deer adding bacteria to their lakes. In the same city in 2012, they had a little more deer than ideal for an urban area, but the traffic incidents fel significantly.
Tyler Courtnage's comment, April 1, 2014 8:56 AM
9. Many people want to try nonlethal strategies to rid of the animal problem. They want to use traps or aversion training, which is scaring the animals away from humans. These methods can be expensive and take a lot of man power. Birth control darts have also been tried and failed, they only work on captive populations.
Tyler Courtnage's comment, April 1, 2014 8:58 AM
10. This is how nature has always worked. The predators wipe out prey. But it is different with humans, we dominate and can control ecosystems. It is our responsibility to not hunt too much, but not hunt enough at the same time.
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Technology on the Job

Technology on the Job | Aspect 2-Forestry |
Tyler Courtnage's comment, March 5, 2014 8:36 AM
4. Remote sensing is another tool used in forestry now. It uses a combination of different technologies to measure different objects by capturing information from long distances. Remote sensing can also be called photogrammertry. Radar, laser altimetry, satellites, and arial photographs to gather information.
Tyler Courtnage's comment, March 5, 2014 8:44 AM
5. 5. Tree harvesting operations used to be highly dangerous, but now they are all mechanized. This requires the people working the operation to have a higher degree. These machines are built to get the most out of the wood, while not harming the environment. They are built versatile and light, but made to harvest the log into log lengths in one motion.
Tyler Courtnage's comment, March 5, 2014 8:51 AM
6. The main goal of a forester is to care for the forest's long term health. They do this by meeting environmental standards, and social and economic goals. To make sure the forest grows healthy foresters much write management plans by using tools to help minimize an environmental impingement.
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Attack of the drones to fight tree rot in Scotland | sUAS News

Attack of the drones to fight tree rot in Scotland | sUAS News | Aspect 2-Forestry |

DRONES more commonly ­associated with the war on ­terror are to patrol the skies over Scotland in a bid to eradicate diseases that threaten to wipe out swathes of forest.


The unmanned planes are smaller than conventional drones and armed with high resolution cameras to capture images that will help woodland managers spot telltale signs of fatal fungal infections in trees. (...)


“Only the wide application and routine use of this technology directly by forest managers will enable the technology to deliver its potential benefits, cost effectively,” said Ian Thomas, a chartered forester who helped compile the study. “This means every forestry manager having the technology in the boot of their car, and knowing how to use it.”


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Tyler Courtnage's comment, March 5, 2014 8:56 AM
7. Drones, a technology usually used to fight the war on terror, are now being used by foresters. The Drones capture pictures of the woods, which the foresters then study to see if anything is unhealthy with the forest. Recently in Scotland, foresters have detected a deadly fungus on trees that could've wiped out a whole forest. They were able to contain it since it was detected early because of the drones.
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Tyler Courtnage's comment, March 6, 2014 8:32 AM
8. Foresters are under constant pressure to meet production needs and environmental needs. Technology helps them do this more than anything. It helps them cut down waste, and it helps them produce more product with less natural resource.
Tyler Courtnage's comment, March 6, 2014 8:35 AM
9. Information technologies play a huge role in how a forester manages a forest. It is a database where any collected information is easily accessible to the forester. This is important because it allows them to see trends, and maps of the whole forest. All of this information is extremely accurate as well, thanks to technology.
Tyler Courtnage's comment, March 6, 2014 8:45 AM
10. A single grip processor is a huge advancement in the forestry industry. It can do many steps at once to produce a product. It can grab the tree, cut it down, take the limbs off, and produce it into a log length. It does this all in one continuos motion, saving an extraordinary amount of time. It is also a versatile machine so it can be brought into difficult environments.
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Davis - Division of Forestry & Natural Resources | Home | West Virginia University

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What is LIDAR?

What is LIDAR? | Aspect 2-Forestry |
Tyler Courtnage's comment, March 4, 2014 8:55 AM
1. Light Detection and Ranging, or LIDAR, is a commonly used technology in Forestry. This maching, which is generally used in a plane or helicopter, helps map out the Earth and its's characteristics on the surface. LIDAR sends out laser pulses, which it then combines with other data to create specific three dimensional data.
Tyler Courtnage's comment, March 4, 2014 8:57 AM
2. The LIDAR machine is made of a GPS, scanner, and laser. They tend to put them in planes, so that a much wider area can be covered. Scientists use these to make accurate maps of the surface of out planet. They map out forests, shorelines, and even manmade objects.