NCDOT Finds Success with Drones for Herbicide Spraying

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (DOT) division of aviation and environmental analysis unit have teamed up to fight invasive plants by using drones.

According to the department, the area around Bodie Island Lighthouse has been overrun with Phragmites, a type of aggressive, non-native marsh grass that pushes out native species. NCDOT was responsible for combating the plant as part of its environmental mitigation for the construction of the new Basnight Bridge over Oregon Inlet. The environmental analysis unit turned to the division of aviation to help explore the use of...

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