The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry are using drones to collect accurate forest data to improve forest planning and management processes. Drones are capable of cheaper, faster and more precise data collection than traditional methods. Greater data collection and precision improves how forests are managed. Drones are also used to improve fire control and manage at-risk species in forests.
Scientists are using cameras on drones to map large stretches of riverbanks more quickly and easily then before. Drone imagery allows scientists to assess changes to riverbank vegetation, map river heights and monitor bank erosion with greater accuracy. This has allowed water managers to avoid bank damage and improve riverbank vegetation.