Session 11: Applications of Remote Sensing

a) Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Invasive Species Management on NRCS WRE Projects in Florida

Friday, May 12
9:20 AM - 10:50 AM
Location: Room 309/310

In 2012 the USACE Jacksonville District executed an agreement with the Florida state office of NRCS to provide engineering, construction, and wetland restoration assistance on their Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) across the state. Since the agreement was established the Invasive Species Management Branch (ISM) of the Corps has coordinated and performed treatments of invasive plants on over 65,000 acres of WRE properties scattered across 12 counties in Florida. The Corps has also incorporated the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for the collection of high-resolution imagery on select easements. This imagery has assisted in the detection and mapping of invasive plant species while also allowing Corps staff to perform community level classification of both aquatic and terrestrial habitats within the WRE. This presentation will give a background of the Corps efforts in managing invasive species on the WRE easements in Florida as well as highlighting UAS as a tool for restoration.

Jon Morton

Biologist
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Jon has worked with the Invasive Species Management Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District since 2005. He has been involved on a variety of wetland restoration and invasive species projects throughout the sate of the Florida including the Everglades, Kissimmee River and NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program restoration projects. Jon also has worked on Corps’ Unmanned Aerial Systems Program since it’s inception with interests focused on mapping and analysis of natural area communities; invasive species detection and monitoring; exploring emerging GIS technologies in auto-classification of high resolution imagery.

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