G-Squared acquires high resolution imagery for State Parks
The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an Asian insect pest first introduced to the U.S. in the 1950s, is making its way west towards the Cumberland Plateau. The pest is truly devastating, infesting and killing all hemlocks in which it comes in contact. Faculty and students from the Landscape Analysis Lab are working with staff from Fall Creek Falls State Park and the South Cumberland Recreational Area to help them develop the data resources they need to plan for and manage the impending problem as effectively and as efficiently as possible.
G-Squared, photogrammetry specialists from Fayetteville, TN, have donated much time and effort to assisting the LAL. In the beginning of April, G-Squared acquired and processed high resolution aerial imagery for the extent of the State Parks. This imagery will be essential to the data development and planning process. Student researchers at the LAL will use the imagery to map the distribution of thousands of hemlock trees primarily located in the deep coves of the Cumberland Plateau at the hearts of these Parks.
This effort was made possible by donations from the Friends of South Cumberland State Recreational Area and the Friends of Fall Creek Falls State Park, two non-profit volunteer organizations dedicated to preserving the Parks, and by the generous donation of time, resources, and expertise of G-squared staff. A special thanks goes to the principles of G-Squared, Lindsey Galyen and Greg Giesling.