Resource & Wildlife Management

How do we use aviation to support resource missions? Nearly 40% of aircraft use in NPS supports natural resource management. These missions include spraying invasive species, or removing exotic plants, animal/bird surveys, hydrology, ACETA (aerial capture, tagging and eradication of animals), trail work and archeology. Some of these aviation missions require special pilot skills and carding For example an ACETA operations are probably the highest risk operations that are conducted; often pilots must possess the skills to fly an aircraft low level, following a radio signal or the animal itself and be able to position the aircraft for personnel to shoot a net or dart at the animal.

Resource managers can also directly participate in resource missions as dual function pilots as well by using some pretty unconventional and innovative methods to collect their data.

Resource and Wildlife Missions

Biologist collecting samples from darted grizzly bears, Alaska National Parks

Biologist collecting samples from darted grizzly bears, Alaska National Parks

Photogrammetry at Big Bend

Photogrammetry using a simple digital camera attached to a kite at Big Bend National Park

Securing Katmai National Park and Preserve's Beaver DHC-2 MK 1

Securing Katmai National Park and Preserve's Beaver DHC-2 MK 1

boat stuck at the grand canyon

Grand Canyon crew preparing to remove stuck boat

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South Florida-Caribbean partners with Metlife airship to conduct bird survey over Biscayne National Park

elk rescue

Elk capture, Bandelier National Monument.