Leveraging unmanned aerial systems for prescribed burning

ROLLA — Prescribed burning is a vital tool in forest management, employed by the U.S Forest Service to reduce wildfire risk, enhance ecosystem health, and promote biodiversity. 

Conducting prescribed burns involves significant resources, many boots on the ground, and careful planning to ensure safety and effectiveness. 

However, the integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) has revolutionized this practice.

UAS, commonly referred to as drones, benefit both the Forest Service and the environment it seeks to protect.

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