The use of drones to monitor and inspect urban forests was the subject of a two-part series published by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC has a fleet of 22 unmanned aerial vehicles that are deployed to enhance the state’s environmental management, conservation and emergency response efforts, as well as monitor the health of urban forests.

For example, DEC outfitted drones with UAV natural color sensors to map damage to thousands of acres of pine trees by the invasive southern pine beetle on Long Island. What would have taken several days to map, was completed in mere hours.

For more information, watch the video and check out the stories: Part 1 and Part 2.