USDA Forest Service, NASA to work on warning system

USDA Forest Service, NASA to work on warning system

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7 September 2006, USA – An agreement has recently been reached between the USDA Forest Service and NASA Stennis Space Center for a $1 million dollar project that will provide remote sensing technology for a national Early Warning System (EWS) for forest health issues. Development of the EWS will take place at the Stennis Space Center.

“Across this nation, many of our forests are facing serious threats from invasive species, insects, disease, and severe weather,” Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said in a prepared release. “The development of this early warning system will help to detect, predict and rapidly respond to environmental threats on both public and private forests.”

The remote sensing project is the first of its kind solely devoted to the assessment of environmental forest threats.