Civil Air Patrol helping state monitor Vermont forests
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont chapter of the Civil Air Patrol is helping the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation monitor the health of the state’s forests.
Flights by the Civil Air Patrol’s Vermont Wing in both 2018 and this year enabled the department to survey the entire state and identify areas where forests have been defoliated by pests, areas where trees have died and locations damaged by weather events, officials said.
The 2018 flights helped the department map over 70,000 acres that were damaged by forest tent caterpillars, Vermont Forest Health Specialist Joshua Halman said.
“Follow-up flights in 2019 allowed us to see that the outbreak of this insect was coming to an end,” Halman said.
The Vermont Civil Air Patrol provides search and rescue, disaster relief missions and other support for local, state federal agencies.
“These flights and our longstanding collaboration with the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, demonstrate both our wing’s versatility, as well as our ability to support time-critical state agency functions,” said Vermont Wing Commander Col. Ann Brechbuhl.