Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Into Hells Canyon

Last week, the first of The Nature Conservancy's seasonal weed teams headed afield in western Idaho, to protect Hells Canyon from non-native weeds. These teams are utilizing the latest technology to detect, prevent, map and control weeds in this rugged landscape.

The Conservancy will again be employing digital aerial sketch mapping, which allows staff to map weeds via computer from a helicopter.

This year, seasonal teams lead by West Idaho conservation manager Art Talsma and West Idaho land steward Mike Atchison will be on the ground in Hells Canyon, Garden Creek Ranch Preserve, the Owyhees and other areas of western Idaho.

The team's notes and photos from the field will appear on the blog throughout the summer. Check back frequently.

Photos by Mike Atchison.

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