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A Bird’s Eye View: Aerial Maps Help Monitor Properties

A Bird’s Eye View: Aerial Maps Help Monitor Properties

As part of SELT’s on-going stewardship of the conservation easements we hold and the reservations we own in fee, SELT annually reviews aerial photos to observe conditions on the ground for all properties.  Since 2009 SELT has partnered with The Society for the Protection of NH Forests to obtain both aerial and near-infrared images of the lands.

Aerial photos are taken in either the spring after snow melt and before leaf out or autumn after leaf drop and before snow fall.  This allows us to view any changes that have occurred on the ground such as timber harvests, changes to agricultural uses, encroachments by neighbors and new buildings and structures.

PHOTO: An aerial photo of SELT’s Tucker French Family Forest shows a new bridge built as part of trail work done in 2014 and 2015.  (see above)