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Detection Monitoring

Aerial Survey


aerial photo of pockets of dying red pine.Aerial detection surveys are one method of collecting and reporting data on insect, disease, and other types of disturbances to forested ecosystems. Forest Health Protection and the Aerial Survey Standards Working Group of the Forest Health Monitoring Program have been working for the past several years on the development and implementation of data collection and reporting standards for insect and disease aerial surveys that are conducted by Forest Service units and their cooperating partners in State and Federal agencies. The primary purpose of these standards is to permit the upward reporting and analysis of data collected by Forest Service field units and their State cooperators.


Aerial Survey Data and Results











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Last modified: February 12, 2009