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Vegetation mapping of Everglades National Park, US

Avineon, Inc., a provider of IT, engineering, geospatial and program management services, recently announced that South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has awarded Avineon a contract to perform a vegetation mapping project to help document the location and type of vegetation habitats within the Everglades National Park, Florida, US. Working closely with SFWMD staff, the team from Avineon will use field work, GPS, photointerpretation, photogrammetry and GIS to create maps utilizing aerial imagery. The mapping completed by Avineon will be used as a primary tool to assess the system-wide performance of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) program. The mapping effort will ultimately provide the baseline information needed to address the response of the Everglades ecosystem to the initiatives implemented under CERP. This five-year contract is valued at near $1.5 million.

The vegetation maps will be generated using photogrammetric workstations and users will have the ability to query data by vegetation categories. The project will require a significant amount of field work to be completed by SFWMD and Avineon’s staff of experts with extensive training and experience in plant identification and the use of GPS to locate and document vegetative species and communities. Avineon will primarily use helicopters to document wetlands and associated habitats thriving within the Everglades.