News about civil drone applications have become inflationary in the media. They cover futuristic parcel delivery services or new ways to shoot selfies while doing open air sports, but also applications for ecology and landscape management, including forestry. Many of you working in the environmental context might question if civil drones are just a hype, a new fancy toy, or if they have the potential to become an essential tool to improve day-to-day tasks?
What we do to earth we do to ourselves - What we do to our forests we do to ourselves!
Notes of the Author
My concerns are international and my book compares the wisdom our Native American culture developed about the details of nature to the values our western culture places on nature. Our indigenous people lived with nature and were required to understand the complexity and detail of their surroundings to survive. 34 years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service and after reviewing the curriculum of most forestry schools in the US, I find the focus of our science to be on what we can take from the forests rather than what is needed to keep our remaining forests healthy, vigorous and, above all else maintain or improve the diversity of the forest mosaic. I am suggesting intensive forest management that recognizes and manages the unique individual forest communities that make up our forests. I truly believe that diversity is the key to sustainability, balance and health of our remaining forests. Focusing our efforts on the needs of the remaining forested lands will provide the valuable natural resources from pour forests we have relied on for hundreds of years.
Brian E. Stout
Manage forests actively or let nature do the work?
Nature has optimized the collaboration between organisms over the past billion years. Why not use this experience in forestry? For the optimization of a sustainable management it is necessary to understand the dynamics of forest ecosystems. On this basis forest managers have to decide whether natural dynamics support the management goals or active management measures are required.